Fine Cell Work

Fine Cell Work

Charity information

Fine Cell Work

We provide employment skills in 30 prisons by training prisoners to do professional craftwork while locked in their cells. They are taught by volunteers and their work is sold internationally.

Founded 1995

  • Mission statement

    Fine Cell Work trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative craftwork undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells to foster discipline and self-esteem. This helps them connect to society and to leave prison with the confidence and financial means to stop offending.

    There is a desperate need for purposeful activity in prisons, where inmates spend an average of 17 hours a day in their cells. 70% of prisoners have one or more mental disorder and over 50% are illiterate. Cellwork combats poor education, work skills and mental health.

    Fine Cell Work enables prisoners to discover their own abilities through the discipline of working in their cells, which they do for an average of 20 hours per week, with highest earners working 40 hours per week. They also become part of the Fine Cell Work family, with regular classes and a system of support and learning objectives supplied by FCW volunteers, staff and customers. The charity addresses key issues affecting their offending behaviour: namely, work skills, relationships and mental health.

    The work is painstaking, with an average of 90 hours in any product, and prisoners discover an alternative to crime. They are encouraged to use earnings to help families or save them for release.

    Our vision is to build Fine Cell Work as a sustainable charitable enterprise with prisoners as key stakeholders. We aim to guide prisoners towards fwork training and to link them to organisations that can provide support or employment on release.

  • Aims

    Fine Cell Work aims to:

    • To combat the mental health problems prevalent in prison by enabling offenders to pass their time in focussed, therapeutic activity.
    • To enable offenders to play a useful role in society and to raise public awareness about their potential for rehabilitation through enabling them to do beautifuland skilled work for paying customers.
    • To enable offenders to maintain family ties by sending family members money earned through cellwork or by using their earnings to keep in touch and fund visits to the prison.
    • To enable offenders to take responsibility for each other by encouraging them to volunteer as peer mentors training and supporting new learners and as “class co-ordinators” helping administrate classe
    • To reduce reoffending by enabling prisoners to gain self-confidence and motivation and the employment skills of concentration, perseverance and working to deadlines.
  • Overview

    Established: August 1995

    Registered Charity Number: 1049095

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 6

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 250

    Phone number: 020 7931 9998

    Address: 38 Buckingham Palace Road SW1W 0RE

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website