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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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Switchback Trainee WJ has got himself a job at a cool restaurant in Epsom! He started work in the kitchen & has been settling in to his first ever paid role whilst still accessing Mentor support to ease the transition. WJ set the record for living the farthest away from Switchback HQ. He has only been out 8 weeks & has already used his café experience to find himself paid work more locally. A great example of someone pushing the boundaries (literally on this occasion!). Nice one WJ!! ...

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Abdul came in for his LAST Action Plan with Mentor Richard after an incredible 11 weeks of hard work & effort. Since his release Abdul has been busy Training in the Crisis Café, applying for jobs & challenging himself to be out of his comfort zone & try new things. 4 weeks ago he secured himself a full time job at Sir Joe’s Café! WELL DONE ABDUL, the Switchback staff are looking forward to their Sir Joe's visit! ...

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