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Liz is a Quaker and worked as a financial adviser in construction for many years. Then she saw an advert asking for mentors for men leaving the prison. That started an interest which has included mentoring men on release, teaching money management in the prison and now she works one or sometimes two days a week as a Quaker chaplain.
‘Quakerism is a niche faith’ she says, ‘so there are rarely Quakers in the prison, we are no better or worse than anyone else, just fewer!’ Liz visits those who are suicidal or self harming. She also runs a table on a Friday night which hands out second hand jigsaws, adult colouring books and packs of cards, to cheer people up who have nothing to do. And finally she runs a scheme which buys and gives out small wind up radios to those prisoners with no money and little prospect of a job.