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Oswin Project Cafe 16

Our key aim is rehabilitation, creating second chances for offenders by training, support and helping find employment.We hope to develop and run a cafe & bakery within HMP Northumberland. Initially serving staff and visitors on site. We will provide training and job placements for our 'Oswinners'

November 2018 - November 2021

Charity information: Oswin Projects

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  • Need

    Need

    To stop reoffending - rehabilitation.
    HM Prison Northumberland is a Category C men's prison, located near the village of Acklington in Northumberland. It houses 1348 male offenders average age 27. Nationally, only 40% of prisoners were in employment during the year before they were incarcerated. Of the 1,839 inmates seen by their Careers Team in 2016, only 35% (644) had been employed before entering prison. The lack of education and limited experience of paid employment leads many to reoffend.

    Solution

    Our key aim is rehabilitation, creating second chances through training, sup-port and employment in order to break the cycle of re-offending. We work with local businesses and potential employers to find work placements for our successful Oswinners. The men selected to work through our training programme have to be ‘clean’ of any drugs. Once trained they will return to their communities with a much greater chance of staying out of crime.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To rehabilitate at least 20 offenders over a 3 year period


    Activities

    » Establish a cafe for staff and visitors - involve staff in menu design. Identify candidates for the training programme .
    » Train offenders in food, health & safety, customer service. Training programme supervised by external trainers in food and drink preparation
    » Identify job opportunities on leaving prison - work with local business to find employment
    » Mentor post exit, sign post and work with other agencies to keep 'Oswinners' from reoffening

    What success will look like

    We will work with the prison, probation service, police and our other stakeholder partners to monitor behaviour after leaving prison. Recording the level of reoffending


  • Impact

    Impact

    Oswinner Social Outcomes
    • Social inclusion
    • Growth in skills
    • Growth in confidence
    • Increase in citizenship
    We will show ability to hold down a job and to reintegrate into society

    Risk

    The Oswinners fall back into drugs before release - careful selection and monitoring has helped manage this risk in the past.
    Post exit the Oswinner falls back in offending. We have used mentors/volunteers to stay in regular contact to try and manage this risk.
    Sustainability of the project - we have a fundraising strategy with carefully selected Trustees to help steer the future success of the charity. Governance issues working with adults deemed at risk- policies & procedures in place.

    Reporting

    We use case studies of our Oswinners and the volunteers we work with. We will introduce a quartely newsletter highlighting achievements.
    We use our website for latest stories, use social media through twitter @oswinprojects and facebook

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £170,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Training Health & Safety, Food preparation
      £95,000 Equipment Cafe & Bakery
      £45,000 Refurbishment Cafe & Bakery
      £20,000 Supervision Management & Volunteer exs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Donation £100,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    HM Prison Northumberland is a Category C men's prison, located near the village of Acklington in Northumberland. It houses 1348 male offenders and occupies a site spanning 425k m2.
    Of 1,839 inmates seen by HMP Northumberland’s Careers Team in 2016, only 35% (644) had been employed before entering prison. The history of many of those serving sentences there is one of social and financial exclusion. Typically, those we work with have been unemployed & never had a positive male role model

    Beneficiaries

    Male Offenders serving time in HMP Northumberland. Average age 27.

    Staff & Visitors at HMP Northumberland

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have already given over 50 Oswinners a second chance.

    We recognise that we are a small operator in a very large marketplace but we have a great reputation built from our 5 year track-record of delivery in the Region.

    We are driven by a passionate group of people who really do want to make a difference to society.

    The Oswinners we work with are living proof that we are best placed to carry out this work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Fiona Sample

    CEO