Participating Project

Project information

Junction 42

Junction 42 works with prisoners delivering educational opportunities and courses in prison. We support newly released prisoners through mentoring relationships and employment guidance. The Big Idea is to expand this work into Scotland, piloting 2 courses in HMP Edinburgh.

January 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: The Junction 42 Foundation

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  • Need


    We are aiming to address the high re-offending rate amongst prisoners in Scotland. There is a cycle of re-offending amongst prisoners in Scotland. This negatively impacts the self-esteem of ex-offenders and the local community.


    Junction 42 will set up operations in Scotland with the aim of breaking the cycle of re-offending. This may include the piloting of 2 courses in the prison HMP Edinburgh. Courses will provide key skills to inmates and mentoring. We will also aim to support ex-offenders as they are released from prison by establishing partnerships with charities and providing suitable courses for ex-offenders.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage and make contact with prisoners.


    » Run lifestyle groups such as ‘Alpha’ and ‘Guilt and Forgiveness’ through the Prison Chaplaincy. These courses will encourage inmates to process the
    » Running a 10-12 week choir in prison. This course will seek to build self-esteem and produce a piece for families and inmates.
    » Running a 10-12 week drama workshop in prison. This course will encourage self-expression, allowing inmates to process feelings and emotions.

    By recording the number of prisoners attending courses, quantifying positive changes in attitude and behaviour via data trackers and establishing mento

    Aim 2

    To encourage positive pathways after prison


    » Mentorship programme where newly released prisoners will meet with mentors on a 1-to-1 basis or attend a support group.
    » Courses will be run in conjunction with ‘Job Club’ to provide employment support and opportunities to ex-offenders.

    By recording and monitoring the 4-6 mentoring relationships. Mentors will encourage ex-offenders to engage with partnership courses run by ‘Christians

  • Impact


    The project will seek to break the cycle of prison inmate re-offending upon release. Success will be demonstrated by monitoring the number of ex-offenders engaging with the mentorship programme. Mentors will record data on attendance, engagement and positive change. This data will be analysed by central ops to ensure we are meeting our success criteria, evaluating the programme and implementing suitable changes and improvements.


    There is a risk that there will be no prisoner engagement with the project. We have dealt with this risk by ensuring the project draws on Junction 42’s substantial experience of running courses. We will ensure mentors adhere to policy and are appropriately trained and assisted. We will continue to foster close relationships with the prison authorities to ensure that we are able to replace course drop-outs.


    Donors to this project will receive monthly email reports on the project. These reports will include ongoing details of the project and any necessary changes made to the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Projectworker Employing part-time project worker
      £3,000 Choir Supplies and staffing for choir
      £3,000 Drama Supplies and staffing for choir
  • Background


    The project will be run in the prison HMP Edinburgh. The prison has approximately 900 inmates and is located in a council housing area in Edinburgh called Stenhouse. ONS stats show that Stenhouse is below average in terms of education and health. The area is almost entirely affordable housing and would benefit greatly from educational support.


    Prisoners will benefit from this project. We will seek to support and engage with inmates and ex-offenders, empowering them to break the cycle of re-offending.
    We also hope that in the long term, the project will benefit the local community in Stenhouse Edinburgh and the wider general public as a reduction in prisoners re-offending will improve quality of life and reduce the burden on taxpayers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Junction 42 has a substantial and consistent record of prison work delivery in the North East of England. Given the success of this prison work, Junction 42 is experienced and well-resourced to provide prison work in neighbouring regions. The expansion into Scotland is run by staff local to the area who have experience of working in the Scottish prison system. Staff and will seek to network with local volunteers and churches.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Swan

    David will serve as ‘development worker’. His experience, networking ability and drive are key to delivering our aims.

    Claudia Dean

    Claudia will serve as ‘new project worker’, She is a graduate law student who has experience working with ex-offenders and drug addicts.

    Thomas Dean

    Thomas is a newly appointed pastor at Stenhouse Baptist church and a talented musician.

    Sam Rowe

    Sam is an actor now working for the Village Storytelling project in Glasgow, he has a tract record of delivering drama in local prisons.