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Switchback is an intensive mentoring programme. Our Switchback Mentors help 18-24 year old male offenders – Trainees – make real, long-lasting change after their release from prison.

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.

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Last week Switchback Mentors & Trainees went on the first River Cottage trip of the year! 4 Trainees set out for 3 days of camping, cooking on the camp fire, working as farm hands AND swimming in the ice cold sea (Hassan’s first ever dip in the ocean!). As usual, River Cottage hosted an afternoon at Park farm, Trainees got to see how the farm & cookery school run as well as tasting some of RC's amazing produce! The sun was shining & a great time was had by ALL. Bring on the next one! THANK YOU River Cottage!! ...

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Trainees went to Roast Restaurant & had breakfast with the BRILLIANT owner, Iqbal. Trainees tried food they hadn’t eaten before.. a special SHOUT OUT to Jason who wasn't defeated by the 'Full Scottish' & cleared his plate...including haggis & black pudding! Trainees then had a tour of Borough market, the kitchen in Roast, followed by cocktail making. Everyone had a go at making a different cocktail…Hassan even made 2! A really great trip! THANK YOU ROAST! ...

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