“Eradicate [the] discrimination that business shows towards offenders” says Dennis Phillips of the nationwide Timpson Foundation, which provides employment opportunities for offenders. The private company has an enviable track record in preventing re-offending and last week Phillips added “we’re simply looking for people with fantastic personalities.”
Pic: Danielle Aumond
By Danielle Aumond
Making my way through winding turns of tower blocks, I navigate towards a small office tucked away underneath the A40 flyover. I have an appointment with one of St.Giles Trust’s clients.
Sheriff is 16 years old. He came out of prison three months ago. This time around it was for ABH (actual bodily harm). He’s been ‘away’ twice before this sentence or ‘bird’ as he calls it.
“I was involved in a gang in West London, which I joined when I was 13-years old. I didn’t see it as a gang. It was more like a group of friends that I got along with,” Sheriff explains. Continue reading
Homeless charity Crisis is holding a new art exhibition to showcase works by people who have spent time in prison.
The aim of the exhibition, Inside Out, is to help who have been affected by homelessness or been marginalized to rebuild their self-esteem and confidence in life.
The artists have produced the artwork while in jail, on probation or while trying to rebuild their lives within the community.
The exhibition is being held at Crisis’ creative centre, The Bermondsey Project, in south London and will run until August 4 and will feature drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and films.