Helping young adult offenders stick to their commitment to live life differently
Switchback is an intensive mentoring programme that helps 18-24 year old offenders make real, long-lasting change after release. Our mission is to change the way that our Trainees think about and participate in society.
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.
We work in close partnership with the Skylight Café. The national homelessness charity, Crisis, has been providing training in this busy café in Spitalfields, London, for several years. Switchback Trainees now make up about half of the team there.
The success of our work with Switchback Trainees is due to the support of a wide network of people and we would like to thank them all for their contribution.
"This model is inspirational and how things should be. The relationships at the heart of Switchback are why it is so effective."
"I’m 22 today. It’s hard out here...broke times...but I have been in prison for the last six birthdays so the fact I’m out, and working, that’s a big thing."