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Works for Freedom

Works for Freedom

Works for Freedom supports practice that empowers, by sharing knowledge and experience.

Website URL: http://www.worksforfreedom.org

Construction Youth Trust supports young people whose journey to work can be challenging due to barriers relating to their financial circumstances, lack of awareness of opportunities, low self-esteem, gender or ethnicity.

They support young people's journey to work through an integrated service that enables young people to:

  • raise their industry awareness and aspirations
  • increase their confidence
  • obtain construction and employability skills
  • acquire experience in the industry
  • receive financial support, career advice and guidance and mentoring
  • access training and employment opportunities.

The Trust achieves its goals by undertaking a number of programmes ranging from individual bursaries to construction skills courses, and from work placement schemes to guidance sessions.

They have also launched a report with the Smith Institute in March 2014 to kick off their year's drive of Celebrating Women in Construction.

Shannon Trust


More than 40 per cent of prisoners have literacy skills so low that on release they are ineligible for more than 90 percent of jobs. Those who are unable to read on release will be frustrated in their hopes for a new and different life. Shannon Trust is breaking that cycle with the Shannon Trust Reading Plan, a peer-mentored reading plan that gives prisoners a vital skill and a fresh start in life.

The one-to-one peer mentored approach of Shannon Trust Reading Plan appeals to prisoners who are reluctant to engage in classroom learning.

It allows them to progress at their own pace and they gain confidence in themselves when they realise that they too can successfully learn to read. There are benefits too for the Mentors in terms of raising their self-confidence and self-worth. Any prisoner who is a confident reader is able to apply to become a reading plan Mentor.


Artlink Central are an arts agency working across Central Scotland, based in Sterling, engaging artists in communities.

They have a focus on developing evidence-based practice in the following areas:

  • Arts and Health
  • Arts and Disability
  • Arts in Prisons
  • Arts and Young People

They work across art forms in both institutional and community-based settings, working closely with artists, statutory and voluntary sector agencies and with people accessing their artistic programme.

Programmes specific to the criminal justice system include:

1. Creative Practice in Prisons  - Evolving new programme supporting women centred practice by artists in prisons focussing initially on HMP Cornton Vale.

2. Forthways – This is a new Creative Public Service design programme exploring how referral pathways can support people in prisons and in communities to access creative opportunities to support them to reduce chances of reoffending.

3. Scottish Prison Arts Network – You can support this new organisation as a partner and play a strong strategic and practical role in establishing and growing this emerging network of practice to raise the profile and quality of arts practice in criminal justice in Scotland.

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The Prisons Video Trust is the producer of the Prisons Video Magazine, a publication shown in all UK and Irish prisons since 1991. They are expanding to now establish Prison Learning TV (PLTV).

The Prisons Video Trust work to reduce reoffending, promote rehabilitation and reform through education and training, and conveying the voices of prisoners that supports improvements in the delivery of rehabilitation.

They hope that PLTV will be used as a national vehicle to stream a variety of educational, informational and inspirational films direct to inmates through computers located in prisons and through in-cell facilities, as they continue to develop throughout jails.




Ormiston Families is a leading charity for children and young people in the East of England. They provide services to support children and young people from disadvantaged communities who face the very real dangers of social exclusion. They exist to help and support young people and their families so that they are able to achieve their potential irrespective of background or circumstances.

They have children's centres spread our across the east of England,  and parenting services for carers of young people with individual support available. 

They also work with families affected by imprisonment. Ormiston help families get through difficult times and keep their relationship strong when a loved one has been imprisoned. These are just a few examples of the wide range of services they offer.

Published in Relationships Practice



Ashiana has over thirty years experience of working with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) adults, children and young people fleeing domestic and sexual abuse within a range of multiple perpetrator systems such as forced marriage, human trafficking, gang violence and 'honour'-based violence.

They have a vast body of experience of supporting victims suffering the effects of recent and lifelong trauma, from widely different religious, linguistic and geographical communities and experiences and confronted with sharing intimate living spaces at points of crisis and potential breakdown in their lives. Ashiana provides accommodation for BAMER women and children experiencing domestic abuse and those trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.  They also support male and female vicitms of human trafficking in the UK on an outreach basis.

Ashiana offer confidential and culturally specific advice, support and information to their clients. They are based in Sheffield but offer support across England, Wales and Scotland.

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The Who Cares? Trust is a voice and a champion for children and young people in the UK living in care. They believe that every child in care should receive the support, encouragement and opportunities they need to enjoy their life and to achieve.

They achieve this by:

  • Directly supporting young people in care and care leavers through their engagement programme - including lifeskills workshops for young care leavers, 'young trainers' scheme and work supporting young people who want to bring about improvements in the provision of care.
  • Informing and supporting thousands of children in care through magazines and publications designed specifically for them.
  • Influencing improvements in policy and practice by ensuring the views and experiences of children in care are heard at the highest level, working in partnership with young people in care and care leavers.
  • Providing support and information materials for foster carers, local authorities and other professionals responsible for welfare and education.
  • Developing innovative, collaborative projects which aim to improve life in and after care.
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Rahab support women of all ages, nationalities and from different walks of life who have been or are involved in prostitution or sex trafficking. 

It is a London based non-profit organisation that aims to be:

INSPIRING - by upholding and defending women's value and dignity, challenging any exploitation of vulnerability or abuse of power.

LIBERATING - by embracing their humanity and encouraging the process of self discovery that leads to inner freedom, personal growth and wholeness.

TRANSFORMING - by facilitating opportunities for change through the provision of holistic care, journeying alongside them with compassion and understanding.


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Thames Reach


Thames Reach supports homeless, vulnerable and isolated men and women through a range of services, activities and accommodation projects.

Their aim is for the people they help to have decent homes, supportive relationships and fulfilling lives.

They provide assistance to people who are:


  • Currently sleeping rough on the streets.
  • Living in temporary or insecure accommodation.
  • Struggling to keep the tenancy on their flat.
  • Isolated from support networks, family and friends.
  • Living with a drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Coping with poor mental health or behavioural problems.
  • Trying to find work.

Their work consists of, for example, working directly with rough sleepers on the street, influencing policy makers and public opinion, and training volunteer peer mentors, among many other vital services.

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Pecan is a Peckham based Christian charity that support the most vulnerable people in the community to overcome any barriers they are facing. This includes people who have been sanctioned by the criminal justice system and their families, people living with mental health issues and the long-term unemployed.


They have several projects that address the complex needs of their client base:

Foodbank: designed to help individuals in need by providing free emergency food for three days, which is the period assessed as the minimum time it takes for the appropriate agencies to be in a position to assist. This period can be extended if necessary. When they come they are welcomed by a trained local church volunteer and are given the opportunity to chat through their situation, get advice and be signposted on to other relevant services. This will help tackle any longer term issues as well as their immediate crisis needs.

Information, advice and guidance: this service offers help to people living in London as they seek employment. Pecan help with CV preparation and guidance in where to look for work. The service is run through a mix of one-to-one sessions and workshop appointments. They also provide an outreach service in a number of community venues.

Moving on mentoring programme: Pecan currently work with women who have served sentences both over and under 12 months who present a variety of risk indicators. Pecan believes that consistency, perseverance, creativity and determination are essential in their work and this project has illustrated how important endurance is to the rehabilitative process. 

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