Delivering meaningful impact for our participants and stakeholders drives everything we do.
All our programmes have been devised in partnership with our participants and the prisons in which they live. They are rooted in the findings of leading academic studies on the effectiveness of group singing to boost mental health and wellbeing, the need for effective employment interventions in prisons and on long-standing, well evaluated prison enterprise projects in the US (Prison Entrepreneurship Program) and Germany (Leonhard Program).
We constantly talk and listen to our participants and prisons to ensure we are making a difference. We regularly collaborate with universities to help us evaluate what we do.
We look at impact through three lenses:
Since 2014, we have reached the following numbers of people through rehearsals, concerts and family days.
Since 2014, we have run the following number of choir rehearsals, performances and family days.
Since 2019, we have reached the following numbers of prisoners and employers.
NB: We only include in our figures candidates for whom we have a CV, Disclosure Letter, home contact details and who we have interviewed.
NB: We only include in our figures employers who have accepted an invitation from us to come into prison and meet our candidates/ other prisoners.
Since 2019 these are the numbers of jobs fairs and/or interview surgeries run, job offers made and jobs taken (of which we are aware).
Since 2019, we have reached the following numbers of people on UpStart programmes.
Since 2019 these are the numbers of UpStart Programmes we have run, grants we have awarded and businesses that have started or are in development as a result.