About Us

Fine Cell Work is a charity which makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons. Teaching prisoners high-quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives.

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OUR WORK IN PRISON

Fine Cell Work enables prisoners to build fulfilling and crime-free lives by training them to do high-quality, skilled, creative needlework undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells to foster hope, discipline and self esteem. They can also learn sewing machine and textile production skills in our prison based workshops. Our aim is to allow them to finish their sentences with work skills, money earned and saved, and the self-belief to not re-offend.

Currently working in 32 British prisons, and engaging with over 500 prisoners each year, Fine Cell Work addresses key issues affecting prisoners’ offending behaviours: establishment and reinforcement of work skills, building relationships, and mental resilience.

Prisoners are taught by experienced volunteers and staff to work in their cells and in prison workshops. Having the opportunity to work independently helps them to regain control of their lives and allows them to maintain dignity. Prisoners gain a sense of connection to the world outside prison through the sale of their work, which you can buy through our online shop and at our events. It also helps them establish a work ethic, and allows them to send money to their families or save for their release.

Fine Cell Work has the largest workforce of hand-stitchers in Europe – 290 at any one time, and counting. Last year 4,870 products were made in prisons across the UK. Prisoners spend an average of 24 hours a week crafting finely embroidered cushions, patchwork quilts, a range of contemporary bags and giftware in their cells.

OUR WORK POST-RELEASE

We also guide prisoners towards training and support on release. At the Fine Works Hub, a London-based workshop where we provide work experience, formal training and employment. At the Clothworkers Studio, apprentices are able to complete textile qualifications; work with an employment mentor; gain employment support; and take up opportunities to take up product manufacture and design, as well as sales and stock management. 

Produced both in-cell and in-prison workshops, our intricate, beautiful work is supported by esteemed artists and designers including Pentreath and Hall, Kit Kemp, Cornelia Parker, Cath Kidston and Melissa Wyndham.

Read about our stitchers in the prison stories section of our blog.

Get involved

Donate to support our work

You can donate easily online by clicking here.

You can also donate by cheque, made payable to Fine Cell Work. Please also print out and complete a Gift Aid declaration form and send that with your cheque. Reclaiming Gift Aid from the government adds 25% to your donation for no extra cost.

Please send your cheque and Gift Aid form to: Rosie Steel, Fine Cell Work, 14 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0QP.

If you have any queries about making a donation, or where your money goes, please contact the Events & Fundraising team on 020 7931 9998 or via events@finecellwork.co.uk.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers are at the heart of Fine Cell Work and there are many ways in which you can get involved. Whether it is supporting our production team putting kits together, promoting the charity at one of our events across the UK, giving administrative support at Fine Cell Work HQ or even as a mentor to one of our ex-prisoners - we have a role to suit almost anyone!

Find out about current volunteering opportunities here, or contact volunteer@finecellwork.co.uk to discuss how you might be able to get involved.

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Our mission is to expand the role of commercial, therapeutic, paid craftwork throughout the UK prison system in order to create training, employment and rehabilitation for prisoners and ex-prisoners. In collaboration with leading artists and design experts, our aim is to become the country’s “go to” site for beautifully stitched products, selling high-quality handmade British goods to the public and interior designers. 


Our vision is to enable prisoners and ex-prisoners to build independent crime-free lives, through opportunity, purposeful activity and meaningful work.  

Our Values

  • To rebuild lives
  • To create opportunities
  • To facilitate reintegration to society
  • Excellent in everything
  • To foster inclusivity, creativity and enterprise

      Our team

      Victoria Gillies
      Executive Director
      victoria@finecellwork.co.uk

       

      Katy Emck OBE
      Founding Director
      katy@finecellwork.co.uk

      Mariana Spater
      Finance Director
      mariana@finecellwork.co.uk

      Jenni Parker
      Head of Programme Delivery
      volunteer@finecellwork.co.uk

      Clare Cowburn Baker
      Design and Commissions Manager
      commissions@finecellwork.co.uk

      Wendy Cramer
      Workshops and Training Manager
      workshops@finecellwork.co.uk

      Lucy Doherty

      Sales and eCommerce Manager
      For product or sales enquiries - ldoherty@finecellwork.co.uk
      For press enquiries - communications@finecellwork.co.uk

      Fanny Santini

      Production Manager 
      production@finecellwork.co.uk

      Katie Steingold
      Events and Communications Manager
      For events - events@finecellwork.co.uk
      For press enquiries - communications@finecellwork.co.uk

      Jordanne Cliffe
      Workshop Supervisor
      workshops@finecellwork.co.uk

      Emily De-Allie
      Engagement and Support Officer
      apprentices@finecellwork.co.uk

      Joel Brocklehurst
      Volunteer and Programmes Coordinator
      volunteer@finecellwork.co.uk

      Kitty Moulton
      Production Coordinator
      Production@finecellwork.co.uk

      Eleftheria Oikonomaki
      Sales & Office Coordinator
      sales@finecellwork.co.uk

      Georgie Barber
      Fundraising & Events Coordinator
      events@finecellwork.co.uk

      Our Trustees

      Sophie Kingsley - Chair
      Edward Henry - Vice-Chair
      Andrew Murray - Treasurer
      Tabby Elwes
      Fiona Lees-Millais
      Kit Kemp MBE
      Miranda Kendall
      Cath Kidston MBE
      Cathy Robinson
      Emma Soames
      Nikki Wright

      Our Patrons

      Libby Purves OBE
      Kaffe Fassett
      Gen the Lord Ramsbotham, GCB, CBE
      Gavin Turk
      The Right Honourable Lady Justice Anne Rafferty DBE PC
      Dame Judi Dench CH DBE FRSA