This is a growing area of interest for the trust - we have identified a number of opportunities to make both Impact Only and Impact Investments in this field. We are interested in working with projects that are taking an innovative approach to reforming the criminal justice system, both in terms of preventing young people from entering the system itself and in supporting and rehabilitating ex-offenders to re-integrate into society and to make a success of their lives.
THE TOGETHER GROUP: Bristol ToGEther and GLASGOW TOGETHER
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.
HAMPTON TRUST GATEWAY PILOT
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.
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.
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.