IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH, BUILDING SOCIAL INCLUSION, FINDING AND CREATING EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE SERVING SENTENCES
Our purpose is to help people survive their prison sentence and thrive on release. Prison affects huge numbers of people in the UK: the 81,000 inside, the 70,000 released each year, and the 320,000 children with a parent in prison. We are spending millions building more prisons when other countries are closing theirs and cutting crime. Prison, as we do it, does not reduce crime and damages our society.
We run two continuous prison programmes aimed at helping people put prison behind them and build lives they want to live. Through Choirs Beating Time, we create prison choirs that serve their communities while preserving mental health and promoting social inclusion. People who feel excluded and have poor mental health cannot find or make work. Through Inside Job we find jobs for people on release and provide them the practical and emotional support needed to get into work. It is a peer-led programme – we train serving prisoners to help other serving prisoners find employment, with support from our in-community team.