The original concept of The Clink Restaurant was created by Alberto Crisci MBE, then catering manager at HMP High Down in Surrey. He recognised real potential in the prisoners working in the kitchens and introduced accredited City & Guilds NVQ training.
The Clink Charity is now in its tenth year of achieving stellar results and has one of the lowest reoffending rates in the UK.
The Clink clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when society collectively engages to help those who want and deserve a second chance.
Changing attitudes, transforming lives and creating second chances
We are proud that alongside our partner, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, we continue to achieve extraordinary outcomes, meeting our key objective of reducing reoffending. We do this in an economical way while delivering our core values of compassion, professionalism and integrity, in an environment that can sometimes seem bleak, with so many daily challenges.
The prisoners at each of The Clink training projects train up to 40-hours a week whilst working towards gaining their City & Guilds National Vocational Qualifications. Simulating a professional working environment, prisoners with six to eighteen months of their sentence left to serve volunteer for the programme, going through full-time training in order to reach the required level to succeed in their respective industry.
Recycling food, recycling packaging, recycling lives.
A gold star approach to governance, influencing policy, effecting change, excellent relationship with industry ambassadors
Since the first Clink Restaurant opened in 2009 we have received much recognition and respect from the hospitality industry. To date, we have received more than 60 awards including a Princess Royal Training Award in 2019, Charity of the Year at the 2017 Charity Awards and the Social Enterprise Award at the Centre for Social Justice Awards in 2017
Accredited City & Guilds training, real-life working environment, ‘outstanding provider’ recognised by OFSTED, builds teamwork
High quality ingredients, high standards, breaking down barriers, changing the public perception of serving prisoners
Reduced chance of Clink graduate reoffending by 65.6%, credible solution to industry skills-gap, making society safer