Organisers of the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) have announce that The Clink Charity will be the event’s designated Charity Partner for the next 12 months. The Clink Charity trains prisoners who are in the last six-to-18 months of their sentence such that they can obtain accredited City & Guilds qualifications in catering to improve their employability upon release.
The training takes place in The Clink restaurants and training kitchens in HMP High Down, HMP Brixton, HMP Cardiff and HMP Styal. These restaurants are open to the public and designed to simulate a professional working environment. By inviting the public to dine inside the prisons, it breaks down barriers and changes attitudes towards – and perceptions about – the prisoners.
Commenting on the partnership, OSPAs founder and Perpetuity Research director Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI said: “Our long-standing relationship with understanding offending to facilitate better responses is quite fitting. We’re delighted to be working with The Clink Charity. Channelling offenders into meaningful work streams is key in helping them to desist from crime.”
The Clink’s five-step training programme helps offenders break the cycle of crime by nurturing self-belief through learning workplace skills and offering nationally recognised qualifications. The Five Steps – namely Recruit, Train, Support, Employ and Mentor – dramatically reduce the rate of re-offending of those who have completed the programme.
Re-offending costs the UK’s economy up to £15 billion per annum. 49% of adult prisoners are re-convicted within one year of release. The Clink’s aim is to reduce this. The Clink’s graduates are close to 50% less likely to re-offend when compared to a similar cohort of prisoners in gender, race and criminal conviction.
Chris Moore, CEO of The Clink Charity, commented: “We’re delighted that the Outstanding Security Performance Awards has chosen The Clink as its Charity Partner. Thanks to its generous support, we will continue to demonstrate what can be achieved when society collectively engages to help those who want and deserve a second chance.”
Other Clink initiatives include The Clink Gardens at HMP Send and HMP High Down (for training towards an NVQ Level 2 in Horticulture), Clink Events (external catering services offering NVQ Level 1 in Hospitality) and The Clink Café (in Manchester) for training towards NVQ Level 1 and 2 in Food and Beverage Service, Food Hygiene and Barista Skills.
*Entry to the 2019 UK OSPAs is open until 15 October 2018. Details can be found here