last year in numbers

Read our Annual Report

It gives us great pleasure to share our latest annual report. For over 26 years, we have witnessed what giving people in prison the opportunity to engage in purposeful activity can do.

As well as being a time to look back with pride at the work we accomplished in 2023, you will also find in these pages our reflections, learnings and plans for the coming years.

I joined a Fine Cell Work stitching group when I was in a very dark place, when I thought I had no future. Fine Cell Work gave me light, helped me see there could be a future. They taught me a skill and to be proud of what I could achieve. Since leaving prison and joining the post-release programme, I have colour in my life.

I was apprehensive when I started but everybody made me feel so welcome. The volunteers made the group what it was – their enthusiasm, their eagerness to teach you, them believing in you and pushing you to keep going, keep improving, was incredible.

Lara, an Open The Gate apprentice