Covid-19 has significantly exacerbated the damaging impact of prison and the issues facing people on release. With your help, StandOut will ensure more people leaving prison are empowered to overcome challenges, realise their potential and find a way out of the justice system for good.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1177813)
1 in 2 people leaving prison will be back within a year. Having a job increases people’s chance of success, yet only 17% of prison leavers are employed a year after release. Too often, people who want to make a fresh start after prison are held back by not having the confidence, skills or support to make it a reality. Covid-19 has made the problem worse with many people in prison still spending 23 hours a day confined to their cells. Without the right support, prison leavers can’t move forward.
StandOut Trainees are significantly more likely to find employment and leave the justice system for good. Our innovative programmes inside prison empower people with the resilience and confidence needed to build a brighter future, and we offer 1:1 support after prison for as long as needed. After supporting 600 prison leavers during the pandemic through the StandOut Helpline, our coaches are now back delivering group workshops inside prisons to help people prepare for life and work upon release.
I felt completely lost coming out of prison in the pandemic after being stuck in my cell for months. I didn't expect anything like the support StandOut has given me. I now have a roof over my head, a job & things to look forward to.
No matter how long you do in prison, if you want to change that will happen in a split second. For me, that moment was StandOut. They met me at the lowest point in my life and saw so much good and potential in me.
Doing StandOut inside prison gave me focus and hope. It made me think about what I really wanted from my life, and made me see that I wasn’t on the scrapheap. I’ve gone from rock bottom to studying at university in the space of two years and I couldn’t have done it without StandOut's support.
StandOut delivers results for people in prison which are often aimed for but too rarely achieved and the team are well renowned for going the extra mile for people. StandOut needs to be in every prison.
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