St. Peter’s will host a talk on the William Wilberforce Trust and Alpha in Prisons on 27 December at 18h50. The talk will be given by Reverend Paul Cowley and Emma Wilson.
The William Wilberforce Trust works through the local church to confront injustice and poverty and care for those in need. The Trust runs projects that tackle the needs of the vulnerable and marginalised in the community, and helps to resource and equip churches around the United Kingdom and the world to support those in their communities.
Alpha for Prisons was launched in response to demand from inmates who wanted to undertake the Alpha Course, a 15-session practical introduction to the Christian faith, designed primarily for non-churchgoers and new Christians.
About Paul Cowley
Paul Cowley is the founder of Caring for Ex-Offenders, an organisation whose vision is to see those leaving prison supported and equipped as they seek to reintegrate into society. Paul served in the army for 17 years before becoming an ordained minister in the Church of England. He has 20 years experience of working with people inside and outside prison, and with socially excluded and vulnerable adults. Paul is on the board of trustees of Eden London and is an adviser to the Ministry of Justice on reducing re-offending. This year Paul was awarded the MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in the Recent Honours list for his work in aftercare. He has recently been appointed as Advisor to Bishops in the London Diocese for Prisons and Penal Affairs.
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In 1991 Emma joined the chaplaincy staff at Holloway Prison as a prison visitor and in 1995 started the first Alpha Course in Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Exeter. Today, there are over 80% of prisons in the UK, and 67 countries worldwide registered as running Alpha for Prisons. Emmy also runs the course in HMP Holloway, the largest female prison in Europe.