Posts filed under "Ex-offenders"

Koestler Trust

Posted by editor 03/02/2014 0 Comment 3829 views

Figen Gunes visits the Koestler Trust to find art inspiring inmates

Shabby 2 Chic

Posted by editor 23/01/2014 3 Comments 12172 views

Shabby2Chic helps marginalised people – and old bits of furniture for that matter – to play a useful role in society. Danielle Aumord reports

New Bridge Foundation

Posted by editor 09/12/2013 0 Comment 3868 views

Befriending people in prison can improve their chances of reentering society successfully, discovers Figen Gunes. // “Prison has a poor record for reducing re-offending. The re-offending rate is 46 per cent for adults in general. As for young people, 58 % of  those released from prison in the first quarter of 2008 were reconvicted within a […]

Bounce Back

Posted by editor 05/12/2013 0 Comment 4014 views

A decorating enterprise is giving ex-offenders a fresh lick of paint, discovers Ebony Ali. // Bounce back is a painting and decorating charity and social enterprise that helps ex-offenders get back on their feet having completed their sentence. The charity was set up in 2010 by Francesca Findlater as a means of giving back to […]

Evolution Cycle Co

Posted by editor 26/11/2013 0 Comment 4283 views

Figen Gunes finds stolen bikes donated by  Camden police to a social enterprise repaired by local unemployed youngsters or ex-offenders with the aim of creating jobs. // “Evolution cycle is a key point of my life as now I have a legitimate job that pays for my living. It is also keeping me out of trouble […]

Principles In Finance

Posted by editor 19/11/2013 0 Comment 3358 views

Delivering personal finance advice in prisons is the goal of three-year-old charity Principles In Finance, reports Danielle Aumord. // From corporate banker to charity founder, Simone Haynes has been making use of the financial skills she developed during a 9-year stint at Barclays Bank. Principles In Finance has delivered workshops in prisons since its inception […]

St Giles (SOS)

Posted by editor 11/11/2013 0 Comment 3318 views

Danielle Aumord meets a former gang member looking at a whole new future thanks to the St Giles Trust. // Making my way through winding turns of tower blocks, I navigate towards a small office tucked away underneath the A40 flyover. I have an appointment with one of St Giles Trust’s clients. Sheriff is 16 […]

SOS Project (St Giles Trust)

Posted by editor 23/10/2013 0 Comment 4010 views

Sam Duberry was still an inmate in HMP Wandsworth when he first began working as a peer mentor for St Giles Trust’s SOS gangs project. Danielle Aumord hears the secret of his success. // Clients say Sam’s experience puts him in a better position to relate to the young people he works with on the […]


Posted by editor 26/09/2013 0 Comment 7711 views

By Jenny McBain // Not many approaches can claim success when it comes to rehabilitating young men who have been in serious trouble with the law.  A social enterprise based in Brighton is leading the way. Lucas Pyke is a smiling, self-assured young man who has recently enjoyed some time in Ghana volunteering on a […]

Just for Kids Law

Posted by editor 07/06/2013 0 Comment 8871 views

By Figen Gunes “Courts say, ‘it is my role to punish.’ Lawyers say, ‘it is my role to get you off.’ And teachers say, ‘I only teach’  – but no one is looking at the whole picture of troubled children,” says Shauneen Lambe, co-founder of Just for Kids Law, a not-for-profit legal advice company for […]

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