Charity helping young men to cook their way to a crime-free life wins rehabilitation award

London-based charity Switchback won the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation 2016. This innovative charity, which was nominated for its work at HMP/YOI Isis in Thamesmead, uses catering, combined with intensive mentoring, as a way to help prisoners into training and employment on release.

The charity has worked with professional chefs including the campaigner, broadcaster, and Switchback Partner, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who commented: “We love our work with Switchback. It’s a fantastic organisation that gives people an amazing chance.”

The Highly Commended prize was awarded to St Giles Trust for their work at HMP Huntercombe to help foreign nationals held in prison with support and advice to prepare them for their release and reduce their risk of future offending.

The awards, kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, were presented to the winners by Lady Corbett at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group in the Houses of Parliament on 23 February 2016


“Switchback was delighted that we won the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation 2016.  Our CEO Alice Dawnay, along with two of our Trustees, went to the House of Commons for the All Party Parliamentary group meeting and to collect our award, which now has pride of place in the Switchback office! This good news story was covered by the Daily Mirror. A reporter spent the morning in HMP Isis with our Head of Delivery, Richard, and spent the afternoon visiting the office and café, interviewing staff and Trainees. You can read the fantastic article HERE!"

“Winning the award has meant that we have had an incredible response on social media and Switchback is being celebrated by so many of our supporters and others in the Criminal Justice Sector. A massive THANK YOU to The Prison Reform Trust and the Robin Corbett Award for recognising the value of the work that Switchback does and for helping more people to hear about the incredible journey that our Trainees decide to embark on.”

-Alice Dawnay, CEO Switchback