London College of Fashion is the latest winner of a Big Society Award, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.
London College of Fashion is the world’s oldest fashion educational institution. The College has been recognised for its innovative ‘Fashion Education in Prisons’ project which sees fashion students work with offenders on an innovative magazine which helps boost skills and support rehabilitation.
The project, funded by the Sir John Cass Foundation, brings together 11 London College of Fashion students and serving female offenders at HMP Send, Surrey, who over the course of 10 weekly workshops, produce a unique magazine for prisoners – ‘The Beauty’s Inside’.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“The time and energy London College of Fashion students and staff have devoted to this project has given female offenders an opportunity to gain real transferable skills to help them rebuild their lives outside prison”.
I’m pleased to recognise the work of Fashion Education in Prisons with this Big Society Award.
Kevin Everett, Treasurer and Chairman of Sir John Cass Foundation said:
“Prisoner education is an integral part of the Foundation’s Grants Strategy and is 1 of our top priorities. We have been more than happy to support this project from its inception and are delighted to have seen the real and significant difference it has made to the lives of the women involved. We hope the outcomes of the project will become even more apparent in years to come”.