Project information

Challenge to Change

Kainos Community is a charity built on Christian foundations which offers prisoners the chance to work through a 6 month accredited programme to address their offending behaviour and adopt a crime free life. The prisoners live in community, supporting each other, practising what they have learned.


Charity information

Kainos Community

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  • Need


    Over 60% of ex-offenders offend again within two years and end up back in custody. This means the prison population is growing at approximately one hundred people per week. This costs around £40,000 per offender and leaves families broken and children without parents to care for them. Challenge to Change challenges male offenders to address their criminal behaviour and make a new start so that they do not reoffend again back into prison and can start to contribute to society.


    We run a Prison Service accredited programme. Independent research shows that it does reduce reoffending by a significant amount. The programme takes place on a prison wing in a community setting providing an environment for prisoners to address their offending behavior through course work, community living, team building, social interaction and ongoing individual assessment. Volunteers visit every week to keep men in touch with the outside world and to provide good role models for the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To stop men reoffending and enable them to become good citizens


    » Classroom work to develop new ways of thinking and behaving.
    » Living in community to practice new behaviour and recognise the needs of others.
    » Introducing positive role models. Regular contact with volunteers enables them to keep in contact with the outside world and recognise victim's needs
    » Kainos in the Community working with ex-offenders by providing mentor support on release from prison.

    Success will be independent research that shows that men who complete this programme reoffend less than the prison population

    Aim 2

    To provide a safe quiet environment on the prison wing


    » Living in community together with regular meetings to decide rules by which the community will live, and sanctions for breaking these rules.
    » Classwork addresses antisocial behaviour looking at alternative ways to resolve disputes without resorting to violence, intimidation or bad language.
    » Good Neighbour weekends where men have space & time to work at team activities so coming to an understanding of how everyone is reliant on each other.

    Success will be that the men on a Kainos wing have a significantly lower discipline rate, positive drug tests and assaults compared to the rest of the prison population.

  • Impact


    The impact of our work will be evident by a real reduction of reoffending over at least a two year period measured by independent research. With expansion into more prisons this will enable more offenders to turn their lives around and not commit more crime. This will make tangible reductions in financial costs to the tax payer and a significant reduction in the numbers of people who are victims of crime.


    The Prison Service reducing or cutting expenditure to reoffending programmes as part of their budget costs. However we can show through research that this programme makes real cost savings that could be passed on to the prison service.


    Funders will receive regular email reports on the project as well as invitations to visit the programmes. Full copies of research papers will be sent out as they are undertaken. The annual review will automatically be sent to all these donors in a format of their choice.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £131,000 Prison Project 1 Seventy two men benefit from the programme each year
      £135,000 Prison Project 2 Eighty men benefit from the programme each year
      £151,000 Prison Project 3 One hundren men benefit from the programme each year
      £83,000 Community Project Supports ex-offenders in the midlands area

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Prison Service £270,000 Guaranteed
    Charitable Trusts and Foundations £150,000 Conditional
    Individual Donors £16,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Prisons in the South West, the South East and the East Midlands and a community project in the Midlands area.


    Communities into which the ex-offenders go to live will be the main beneficiaries because if they do not reoffend they will not have to face the cost and trauma of crime. The offenders and their families will also benefit as the ex-offender starts to practice his new behaviour becoming a good father/husband/son/citizen and starts to contribute back to his community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been delivering this programme now for over 10 years and have huge proven experience in this area. Our programme is unique within the prison service drawing on the best of cognitive behavioural programmes as well as theraputic communities. Compared with other programmes we can show that we are extremely good value for money.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mike Phillips, National Operations Director

    Mike has been with Kainos since its inception. His vast knowledge of both prisons and reoffending programmes is key to our growth.

    Patricia Rogers, Chief Executive

    She has developed and led the programme to successful accreditation by the prison service and has expertise in all areas of the charity's work.

    Jeremy Butler

    Jeremy has developed the Kainos in the community programme to support exoffenders. He is adapting this model for other regions.