My name is Kelly Mattison and I am a freelance health and social affairs journalist based in Stockport, greater Manchester. My articles have been published in big issue in the north, big issue Scotland, guardian society, guardian social care and young minds magazine.

‘If they close this place down I will go back to prison’

‘If they close this place down I will go back to prison’

So scared of life on the outside was Andrew Monahan that he would drive up to police officers and tell them he had no driving license in order to be sent back behind bars. He’s finally receiving the help he needs for life away from prison. But the hostel where he’s getting it is under threat of closure.

In the shadow of terrorism

In the shadow of terrorism

‘I was in a supportive, loving and disciplined environment’

‘I was in a supportive, loving and disciplined environment’