This is a growing area of interest for the trust - we have identified some opportunities to make both Impact Only and Impact Investments in this field but this is currently very much a journey of learning for us. We believe reform is urgently needed in the way vulnerable young people become criminalised, in the resourcing, leadership and culture within prisons, in effective collaboration between voluntary, private and public sectors and in evidence based practice around reducing re-offending. In the coming years we will be seeking investment opportunities that we believe will have lasting impact on these areas.



Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

The Hampton Trust has been working in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary on the viability of project Gateway for the last 18 months.  This is a two-year pilot, which aims to completely transform the culture and treatment of 18-24 year olds when they come into police custody and, at this early stage in the criminal justice system, to give them the tools and the support they need to get out, and stay out, of that system for life.  

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Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

Charities play a crucial role in supporting people going through the criminal justice system. But the environment is challenging—funding shortages, poor access to offenders in custody, and rapid policy and political changes all create difficulties.

NPC is addressing these challenges by:

  • helping funders to stay engaged with criminal justice charities, and realise the importance and impact of their collective support

  • drawing lessons from where charities are partnering well with prisons, and sharing best practice and replicable models with other charities and prison governors

  • highlighting the role of charities in driving systemic change, and in influencing better policy and practice for the whole sector. 


Investment Type: Impact Only Investment

Only Connect is London's creative criminal justice charity.

Its vision is a more connected society where we all choose a crime-free life. Only Connect achieves impact by working in four London prisons, preparing people for life after release.

Upon release, they provide these people with Membership of two centres in central and west London. Members create their own route to stability through support from Only Connect. Members are also able to access creative projects that grow new skills and build confidence, before they then progress in education, training and employment (ETE). In 2016 we worked with 147 new Members, with 63 progressing into ETE. 

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Investment Type: Equity

Redemption Roasters is a specialty coffee company with a difference. We have both a network of wholesale clients and our own coffee shops in Central London. At our roastery in Aylesbury Prison, we train young offenders in roasting and competition-level barista skills with the aim of reducing re-offending in the UK.


Investment Type: Debt

The Together Group is a Community Interest Company (CIC) which exists to create full-time employment opportunities in the construction space for ex-offenders – our aim is to inspire our clients to see that there is a life beyond crime.

We achieve this through a proven and commercially sustainable business model of purchasing plots of land for newbuild or existing homes which would benefit from renovation or improvement and, working with qualified tradesmen, utilising ex-offenders in the repair, refurbishment and restoration.