We stick by Trainees as they move through the prison gate, encouraging and challenging them to take control and make a more stable life for themselves.
This is new territory for most Trainees – a frank, 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.”
More than 70% of those that successfully move on from Switchback have secured a permanent job. We recognise that this may not be enough on it’s own to sustain a lasting change so many continue to access our support.
We aim to fundamentally change the way that Trainees think about and participate in society; 59% of our Trainees have done this; made a profound positive change and started to live life very differently.
The reoffending rate for Switchback Trainees is 12%. This is less than a quarter of the expected rate (55%)