Switchback Mentors stick by the Trainees as they move through the prison gate, encouraging and challenging them across all areas of their lives.
This is new territory for most Trainees – an honest, frank and unconditional relationship with someone who is there for them on a daily basis.
“Why Switchback is so great is that it is the same person who you talk to inside, who also meets you on the day you get out, and who is still there when you need them when you’re out. You know them and they know you.“
“I believe that Switchback is doing an important thing. It’s challenging work and it makes a real difference, not just for the lads involved, but for all of us who want to live in a compassionate, hopeful society.“
“Switchback is succeeding in helping people lead a responsible life. They feel proud of themselves, their families feel proud of them and everything improves. That means everybody wins – we get a safer society and there are fewer victims.“
“Switchback started helping me while I was in prison and they were there as soon as I got out. They have helped me to realise the potential I have. Thanks to them I have a job.”
Over 70% of the Trainees we have worked with each year for the past six years have secured a permanent job.
Nearly two thirds of our Trainees have made a fundamental shift in their lives and are sufficiently stable to sustain a new way of life in work or in education.
Our reoffending rate is less than a third of the national average.