Launch: The Clink Restaurant, HMP Brixton
The Clink Charity opens the doors of The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton – the charity’s third training restaurant.
The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton is the latest milestone in the charity’s development and growth. A brand new concept to come to London, the restaurant is part of a wider resettlement programme taking place at HMP Brixton to drive prisoner rehabilitation through education across a range of disciplines with the charity specifically focusing on hospitality.
In partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS) there will be a total of 10 training facilities and projects in operation across the prison estate by 2017. The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton will train up to 28 prisoners at a time in both cooking and front of house service, working in a true-to-life environment, under the guidance of experienced trainers to achieve nationally recognised City & Guilds qualifications.
With the sole aim of reducing prisoner reoffending, The Clink Charity mentors each graduate weekly for a further six to 12 months, once training is completed and prisoners are released, supporting them in finding full time employment. Continued mentoring is crucial to the ongoing rehabilitation of prisoners in the UK with The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down achieving a reoffending rate of just 12.5% in 2011 compared to the national average of 47%.
Commenting on the launch of the restaurant, Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity, says: “The launch of The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton is testament to the ongoing success of the charity and its positive influence on the national rehabilitation of prisoners. Through the use of The Clink’s Five Step Model of recruitment, training, auditing, employment and mentoring, we are contributing to the reduction in prisoner reoffending in the UK.”
Reservations at the restaurant follow the same strict approval process as operated at The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down in Surrey, limiting entry to those with a genuine interest in the Charity, including companies, charities, community projects and philanthropic individuals. Those looking to book a table will need to complete the booking enquiry form and await a response from the reservations team.
To find out more about The Clink Charity, its three training restaurants and for information about getting involved, please visit www.theclinkcharity.org.
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