OUR WORK IN PRISONFine Cell Work is a charity and social enterprise which enables prisoners to build fulfilling and crime-free lives. We do this by training them in high-quality, skilled, creative needlework undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem. 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.
“Fine Cell Work has impacted my life in prison beyond measure. It has been a financial crutch - sending my family money and gifts would be impossible without earnings from my stitching. I spend my time productively making something that means a difference for good in the world and I take pride in completing projects.”
Andrew, Fine Cell Work stitcher
“Fine Cell Work has helped me deal with my mental health problems in a practical way, it has helped me manage my self-harming, it has given me back my sense of pride in myself, my self-esteem and self-worth. These are things I can hold onto forever.”
Stephen, Fine Cell Work stitcher
OUR POST-RELEASE PROGRAMMEAt the Fine Works Hub, our London-based community workshop, we run our Open the Gate programme which provides work experience, formal training and employment support to ex-prisoners (who we call apprentices). Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the programme aims to support ex-prisoners with their reintegration into society upon their release from prison.
“Fine Cell Work breaks the barrier when you leave custody, it has been a real stepping stone back into life after prison. I feel part of a community when I’m here. It has given me purpose again.”Find out more about our post-prison support including opportunities, eligibility criteria and how to refer/self-refer whether you're a member of prison or probation staff or an ex-prisoner who would like to apply to join our programme.
David, Fine Cell Work apprentice
“There are so many opportunities across the charity. The team have been fantastic to work with: they set me up with my mentor who has been very inspiring, positive and motivational.”
Zahra, Fine Cell Work apprentice
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