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David Adlington-Rivers

David Adlington-Rivers is crowdfunding

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Weʼre raising £5,000 to provide hope to people in prison so that they can have a meaningful future on release and positively contribute to society.

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People in prison are real individuals with feelings, aspirations and hearts. I have written a self-help book for people in prison, designed to take them from places of despair to places of hope. This book is based on proven hope psychology, underpinned by my own research on the benefits of hope for people in prison. To my knowledge, this is the only book in the world dedicated to providing hope to people in prison, giving practical guidance on how to transform their lives.

Where has the book been sent so far?

Click on the link below to see the prison map. Your donation will add more pins to the map and send hope to more prisoners.

The book will help people in prison to cope with the difficult conditions in some prisons such as being locked in a cell for 23 hours a day with little or no meaninful activity, set against a backdrop of overcrowding, violence, self-harm and suicide. In many prisons, rehabilitation is scarce and prisoners have to rely on their own mental resource to get through the experience. You could play an important role in helping these people by donating to this cause.

To learn more about the current crisis in Britain's prisons, click here .

'Freedom is in the Mind' is a self-help book designed to give prisoners the mental tools to project themselves into a better future, so that they can have purpose in life, be accepted by society and contribute positively. The book is part of a wider project called Freedom is in the Mind to help people in prison through the research of hope

By providing people in prison with the tools to help themselves, they can start to realise their own potential to change. This can lead to a crime-free life in the future. Prisons are not the answer to solving crime. If they were, we wouldn't have any crime. Dealing with the root causes of a person's offending is the way to do this, and helping them to navigate a better future for themselves.

So far, the book is in a handful of prisons and secure units, but we need the resource in all prisons where prisoners can access it. Your donation to this cause will enable this to happen. I will distribute the book to prison libraries and people in prison can start to reclaim their future. I will also distribute the book to lawyers who represent clients that are at risk of being sent to prison.

By donating, you can help to change a person's life.

The book has already had an impact:

This is a clearly written, uplifting, empowering and immensely valuable book that could make a real difference to a prisoner’s life. I am deeply grateful that there are people like Adlington-Rivers who care enough to write such a book. I am the wife of a prisoner and I know that our UK prisons are places of despair. Into the darkness this book brings light in the form of practical tips and encouragement; it feels as if you have a friend walking beside you. Every prison should have copies. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • David Adlington-Rivers4 months ago
    David Adlington-Rivers

    David Adlington-Rivers

    4 months ago

    At least 6 prisoners will benefit from our 1% donation so far. We need to keep going.

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Page last updated on: 8/15/2023 13.15



  • Sarah


    Aug 13, 2023

    Your book is brilliant! I really hope this helps you get it into as many prisons as possible because I’m sure it will help so many people when they feel all hope has gone. Thank you for caring David.

  • Peter C. Bell

    Peter C. Bell

    Aug 13, 2023

    David - good luck with this fantastic initiative


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David Adlington-Rivers

David Adlington-Rivers

I am an aspiring hope psychologist and currently researching the experience of hope as part of my PhD project. I have previously undertaken research on the experience of hope for prisoners which is pending publication. I hold memberships with the CJA and BPS.

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