Earlier this month, Switchback hosted a workshop at the 2017 Clinks Annual Conference, an event uniting voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families. The conference’s theme was “Resilience: responding to adversity and change in the criminal justice system”, and our workshop explored how small charities can make a big impact in a very challenging prison system.
Former Trainee Jamal Khan joined Head of Delivery Richard and Switchback Mentor Monique to lead the workshop. Jamal is now a performance poet, and performed an untitled poem for the participants.
The participants contributed to exercises that looked at the barriers to effective work in prisons, defining a “good” relationship in the work undertaken in prisons, and methods to build flexibility and resilience, and how small charities might break those barriers down.
We were delighted to be able to share our experience and learn from such a fantastic group of organisations who took part. Thank you to everyone who attended!
The Annual Conference also saw a Keynote Speech by Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, and David Lammy MP spoke at Clinks’ AGM, which immediately followed the conference.