With 27,000 Fellows in the RSA, you often stumble across inspiring people doing things which are incredibly humbling. I was reminded of this again the other day as I compiled the last issue of the newsletter (which went out on Monday!) You’ve hopefully seen we profile one of our Fellows in each issue, particularly those Fellows who are looking to collaborate with others. [pullquote]Trevor’s work is something which might rarely come across the radar of most of us but that is why our Fellows’ are so amazing; an incredibly diverse bunch working on some of society’s most important issues.[/pullquote]
This issue, Trevor Philpott OBE FRSA had the spotlight. He has been working for many years, since leaving the Royal Marines, on penal reform particularly around veterans of the armed services. He was also in the Prison reform group for the Centre for Social Justice. His latest endeavour is The Veterans Change Partnership which is looking for an alternative to traditional custodial sentences.
As their website states - "Increasing numbers of military veterans are entering the justice system (prison and probation), currently estimated to be over 10,000, representing the largest single occupational group". This is a surprising statistic; Trevor explores some of the possible reasons behind this in his recent RSA Comment article.
Trevor’s work is something which might rarely come across the radar of most of us but that is why our Fellows’ are so amazing; an incredibly diverse bunch working on some of society’s most important issues.
So this is a call out to anyone out there interested in mental health issues, the impact of combat on veterans and prison reform. You can get in contact with Trevor via his profile on the RSA website.
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