Case Studies | Supporters

Partnering with prisons, policymakers, grant funders and campaigners, we’re creating long-lasting change.

Rory Stewart MP – former Minister of State for Prisons (2018-19)

“Initiatives like [Recycling Lives’] create a platform for offenders to go on to make a meaningful contribution to society.

“The support extends beyond the prison walls to help offenders through the gate, [working] with men and women on their plans for release, supporting them to secure meaningful work and stable housing on release.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who helps prisoners find work.”

James Timpson OBE – Chairman, Prison Reform Trust & Chief Executive, Timpson

“The help prisoners need when they leave jail can be considerable, especially when finding a job.

“Recycling Lives has ensured many prisoners do not reoffend as they provide a good job, with good prospects, and the chance to provide for their families and improve their self-esteem.

“Recycling Lives’ great work has a positive and lasting effect on the lives of many.”

Lady Val Corbett – Organiser, Corbett Network

“Recycling Lives is a ground-breaking success story in changing the lives of men and women offenders through real work.

“The national reoffending rate is around 67% so Recycling Lives’ success in reducing reoffending rates to less than 5% is exemplary.

“Giving people with convictions a chance to integrate back into society is not only good for them, it’s also good for the economy.”

Graham Beck – Governor, HMP Wymott

“Recycling Lives has added an extra dimension to our rehabilitative programme by offering offenders quality work, incentives to progress and support on release, providing a number of opportunities.

“Its’ model is now being used as an ideal template for others aiming to bring opportunities into prisons.

“I am confident that Recycling Lives’ influence will bring about wider improvements in this difficult area of work.”