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Sarah Redford

Sarah began a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the age of 60, completing the course in 2015. She is an advocate for lifelong learning and thinks all over 60's have something to learn and to offer.

“My interest in criminology was inspired by my love of psychology, working with Victim Support and joining the Prison Service at age 50. I was inspired to go back into academia when I completed an Access Course in Psychology and Sociology. I had never been to university and felt I needed to prove to myself that I was capable of getting a degree.

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My education has impacted on my life by increasing my confidence and self-esteem. Whilst at University I volunteered with both the Salvation Army and the Youth Offending Team. In recognition of this I received several awards from the University including half and full colours. At present I am a volunteer debt adviser with The Salvation Army Debt Service at Whitleigh in Plymouth and a volunteer with Circles South West which supports sex offenders to re-integrate back into society while also holding them to account for their behaviour. I find both these activities rewarding but in different ways."

Sarah’s experiences are proof that you can enjoy learning and find a new passion at any stage in your life and she feels strongly that having a positive outlook and getting involved in lots of different activities has kept her healthy and young at heart.

She explains, "I feel the need to keep my brain active as Alzheimer’s/Dementia is prevalent in the female side of my family. I have always been keen to keep learning and enjoy courses that give me the tools to assist in the volunteering that I take part in."