User Voice’s work is featured in an article and report about the fundamental role of charities in prison rehabilitation.
New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) researcher Grace Wyld, the co-author of the Beyond Bars report, joined us at HMP Pentoville last year to see the Prison Council election in action. She said, ‘You could feel the environment becoming a more conducive one for reform and rehabilitation. Prisoners were empowered and trusted to take responsibility for their community.’
The report also highlights the importance of service users being at the heart of rehabilitation programmes. Describing them as ‘experts by experience’, Wyld notes that the majority of employees at User Voice are ex-offenders themselves.