As well as 5 established support centres, Together Women run a unique project, Inside Out, a social enterprise located within HMP Askham Grange.
What We Do
The project replicates a live office environment where women from the prison complete work outsourced from local businesses. Not only does Inside Out help women practice their existing skill set, but the project also supports women to gain skills that would otherwise be difficult to develop in a custodial setting. The women increase their confidence, develop their administrative skills, gain valuable experience with social media and IT packages and learn to liaise with the business community.
Building a woman’s confidence means when they come to the end of their sentence and are ready to look for employment, they are equipped with the relevant experience. This in turn reduces their risk of reoffending and provides them with the ability to create an independent future.
What Our Women Say
“I enjoy working at Inside Out and it does give you the feeling of ‘normality’ coming down to the office and working on administrative tasks, this has helped me maintain my confidence in an office based environment which I feel I may have lost if I had done other work within the prison.” – S
“I enjoy working at Inside Out. I feel that it creates a more ‘normal’ working environment and has helped me to continue to maintain computer skills and also helped restore my confidence looking to the future.” – C
“What’s unique at Inside Out is that as well as the skills you have they are interested in the skills you wish to gain and will tailor the workload around this to give everyone experience. Working outside the prison walls has had a positive effect on my mental health not least because I can now focus on the future optimistically as I can use the experience when I am applying for jobs upon my release” - J
As well as improving the lives of women in prison, Inside Out provides a 5 star service to local businesses. The women working at Inside Out take a high-level of pride in their work because it is different from usual prison employment and allows them to use their skills. This means that their commitment to the contracts they work on is second to none. This is reflected in feedback from clients, with 75% labelling the service provided as ‘excellent’ and the remaining 25% as ‘good’. 100% of our clients said they would recommend the service to someone else. Take a look below to see the services we offer, and please don't hesisate to get in touch if you think we can help you!
We offer a high quility, low cost service and you can be assured that all the monies raised from work undertaken at Inside Out are reinvested back into the project, helping us support more women into positive, crime free futures.
If you are interested in getting involved with the project in any capacity, please use the contact tab on this page or call the office on 01904 772 139.
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