Messages from other supporters
Well done on everything you have achieved this year. Keep it up.
Donation by Anonymous £100.00 + £25.00 Gift Aid
Happy Christmas. Still remember Slaney's inspirational talk to the trainees at A&O as part of their induction; glad to hear of your successes.
Donation by susan hazledine £50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Why your donation matters
Most young adult offenders are bound to return to custody - 58% are back inside within a year.
For Switchback Trainees, this figure is currently 20% - only 17% if you discount the Trainees that have since returned to the programme, made some big changes and gone on to settle on into work or education.
It’s about more than just keeping people out of jail. When these fundamental changes are made, the friends, family and communities of Trainees also reap the positive benefits and there are fewer victims of crime.
All of this is testament to the courage and determination of each individual that signs up for Switchback. Your donation will help them succeed.
Case study: donations in action
While in prison, KA made the decision that he wanted to start something good as soon as he got out. He met a Switchback Mentor when working in the prison kitchens and he got started by getting a food hygiene certificate to make the most of his time before release.
As soon as KA was released he started working in the Skylight Café - first in the kitchen and then front-of-house. Part of the process was trying out new things. He visited restaurants, did some work experience at a high-end bistro, took part in a mock interview and went on a camping trip to River Cottage.
There were times when having no paid work was pretty frustrating for KA but he managed to stick at it through all the ups and downs until a good opportunity came his way: After four months, he took a work placement at a gastropub and they offered him a permanent job. There are still things that KA wants to work on, like moving into this own place, but he's rightfully proud of his determination and how far he’s come.