Sally is a previous winner of the London Writer’s Competition winner. She has also written for The Voice, Black Briton, and The Guardian newspaper.
Sally has previously designed and taught a Creative Writing course for Haringay Council. It was a unique Pilot Scheme, aimed specifically at the borough’s excluded pupils. The emphasis was on expression, connecting and esteem building. Sally has recently designed a Therapeutic Writing course for the AP Foundation, with an emphasis on self-discovery, self-honesty, healing and growth.
Sally has a personal understanding of Addiction and Recovery, being 31-years sober, herself. She has worked extensively across the Substance Misuse field. In Prisons, Courts, and Police Custody Suites.
“The AP Foundation is unique, in its holistic approach, to a national and global problem. It offers fascinating, incredible, person-centred courses, that go way beyond the superficial. These courses offer the critical insights, growth and life skills, that are necessary, in order to facilitate any real change.
I’m proud to be associated with an organisation that has got moral integrity at its core. Everyone who is involved with the AP Foundation, is sincerely committed to achieving its common objective. To change lives”.
Lisa first began lending her support to the AP Foundation, in 2015. The idea for APF was born within a jail cell, inside the walls of HMP Belmarsh.
Lisa’s passion was ignited when her own son was given a life sentence, under Joint Enterprise, which is a doctrine in the Law. This Law has been described as being unjust, unfair and discriminatory. Particularly towards the working class and BAME communities.
Like the countless other mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers that visit their loved ones in prison, Lisa was astonished to see the deterioration of the prison system, within England and Wales.
Self-inflicted deaths are six times more likely amongst prisoners, than the rest of the general population. Rates of self-harm amongst inmates is increasing dramatically, as are assaults on staff. This figure has tripled in recent years, with the rise in serious assaults of particular concern.
Lisa channels her efforts, commitment and energy towards not only assisting the AP Foundation, but various other social justice charities, who fight for reforms within the criminal justice system.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons stated in a report, that there are four basic measures for a healthy jail. Safety, respect, purposeful activity and rehabilitation. Alongside release planning
“Far too many of our jails have been plagued by drugs, violence, appalling living conditions and lack of access to meaningful rehabilitative activity,”
Peter Clarke (Chief Inspector of prisons)
Having always had a passion for helping others, she has always engaged in many charitable causes- in the more recent years this has included helping to supply food banks for families, nurses and key workers and running her own parties with all profits going towards various charities, including The Outside Project- the UK’s first LGBT homeless shelter.
Alexandra strongly believes in all that the AP Foundation stands for and is eager to contribute to helping others through the medium of the arts!