Kabir Breathen, 40, now co-ordinates the new Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company’s Service User Council.
Kabir, from Portsmouth, is on the 10-strong council, which meets every two months.
He said: ‘Historically a lot of people don’t get a say, or don’t speak up, so giving them a chance to share their comments and ideas, even small ideas, makes sense.
‘Taking others’ views forward into the joint staff and Service User Council meeting is really empowering.
‘I’m very enthusiastic about the council and I work hard to keep up the momentum, to keep service users and probation staff interested and engaged in it.’
He wants more people on probation to become council members.
He added: ‘We can never have too many, and the more we have, the more surgeries we can run at local offices across HIOW CRC.’