Sir John Cass’s Foundation has Prisoner Education as one of its six priority areas and has been working with the London College of Fashion on projects in Send Prison and now at Holloway.
Members of the Foundation’s grants committee visited to prison when the project was officially opened by The Countess of Wessex and now Justice and Civil Liberties Minister Simon Hughes adds his support:
“Putting in place the right services to meet the needs of female offenders is vital if we are to reduce reoffending and help them to lead law abiding lives.
” I want to see all women benefit from quality education and training in prison which will prepare them in the best way possible for eventual release and future employment opportunities. “
Kevin Everett, Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Sir John Cass’s Foundation said:
“ Working in collaboration with the London College of Fashion to extend the work already being done at HMP Send into HMP Holloway has shown us how effective fashion can be in engaging offenders and helping to reduce reoffending rates. On a very enjoyable visit to Holloway we saw enthusiasm and commitment among offenders who want to gain the skills and work experience to help them with employment opportunities and to generate an income to support their family on release. ”
Head of London College of Fashion, Professor Frances Corner OBE, said:
“ After the recent success of our award winning project at HMP Send we are delighted to be working with HMP Holloway. As Head of London College of Fashion I have a long standing commitment to working with the National Offender Management Service and know that education is a key factor in the rehabilitation process and keeping people out of prison. Social enterprises such as ours give individuals a chance to become independent and contribute to society in a more positive way. ”