London-based charity Switchback has won the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation 2016. This innovative charity, which was nominated for its work at HMP/YOI Isis in Thamesmead, uses catering, combined with intensive mentoring, as a way to help prisoners into training and employment on release. The charity has worked with professional chefs including the campaigner, food writer, broadcaster, and Switchback Partner, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Commenting, Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “We love our work with Switchback. It’s a fantastic organisation that gives people an amazing chance.”
The second prize was awarded to St Giles Trust for their work at HMP Huntercombe to help foreign nationals held in prison with support and advice to prepare them for their release and reduce their risk of future offending.
The awards, kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, will be presented to the winners by Lady Corbett at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group in the Houses of Parliament today [Tuesday 23 February 2016]. The award was established in 2012 in memory of the former chair of the All Party Group Lord Corbett.
The award received coverage in the Daily Mirror, which you can read by clicking here.
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