Official Charity Partner announced for UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards 2019

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.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI

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

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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