Aysha is the Senior Resettlement Practitioner at HMP Lincoln.
Her main responsibility is to lead the Departure Lounge and Resettlement Team, including a through the gate project, specific to Lincolnshire, which involves working with individuals ahead of their release to address outstanding support needs and help reduce the risk of reoffending.
Aysha also chairs a weekly multi-agency meeting-to-release plan 10 weeks pre-release, assessing people’s circumstances and agreeing actions to ensure everyone has had the opportunity to address their resettlement needs.
Aysha has worked at LAT since 2018. She started as an apprentice before moving on to be Visits Support Officer at IRC (Immigration Removal Centre) Morton Hall, supporting families and significant others attending for social visits. She then became a Welfare Officer at Morton Hall, supporting with advocating for individuals and with understanding their immigration status in the UK. When re-role took place for the IRC to become a prison, she moved across to HMP Lincoln, and has since worked across different departments and projects, all with a heavy focus on the reducing re-offending pathways.
What excited Aysha the most about joining LAT who want to make a difference no matter how big or small. LAT works across many parts of the criminal justice system to provide essential support to those who are affected, and she is proud to be part of this, and to work with a team who go above and beyond to do the right thing.
Aysha says the most rewarding part of her role is seeing people on the morning of their release leaving with a positive attitude and feeling uplifted, despite their circumstances, because they feel listened to and have had access to additional support.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.”
What’s your favourite motto?
“Mistakes are often the greatest teachers.”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
“I mostly spend time with family, occasionally socialising!”