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The Arukah Project has developed a groundbreaking model of support which is rooted in understanding how trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can lead to high-risk behaviours and make it difficult for individuals to engage with essential services.

Arukah’s model focuses on developing emotional competence to empower individuals to engage with vital services, creating a new approach to healing and recovery. They integrate Trauma-Informed Care, which emphasizes safety, trust, empowerment, collaboration, and cultural sensitivity. Their work is particularly impactful within the criminal justice system, helping individuals break free from cycles of incarceration and addiction by addressing the root causes of their behaviour.

Additionally,  they support organisations in becoming trauma-informed, promoting employee well-being and resilience, which leads to better productivity and morale.

A Life of Choices works with people in prison on long-term sentences by delivering creative coaching programmes that promote their mental wellbeing and cutting down on violence. The organisation aims to break cycles of violence and injustice by also providing support to individuals who are impacted by the criminal justice system.

Glasshouse leverages theatre for social change within the Criminal Justice System. By uniting diverse communities, they use the power of creativity to conduct impactful workshops, produce thought-provoking theatre, and foster dialogue to reshape perceptions of prison and those affected. They encourage active participation in criminal justice reform by holistically engaging all impacted individuals, spanning education, the prison system and the private sector.

Emma Robinson is currently researching the provision of staff support in HMPPS for a Masters thesis at Leeds Trinity University. On top of this, Emma works as a prison officer on the induction unit, having also done stints in the vulnerable peoples unit. Her sensitivity and dedication was recognised at the annual HMPSS Wales Awards earlier this year, where she won Prison Officer of the Year in the Changing Lives category.

Prisoner Support Services offers a holistic mentoring service supporting with problem solving, and providing access to social justice. They ultimately work to empower service users to take control of their own circumstances.

Lucy Harding is a doctoral candidate exploring the experiences of educators within prisons. Lucy has previously been an education manager within a male, category B prison, and is interested in the impact of prison spaces, focusing on atmospheres. Lucy’s research utilises creative methodologies such as walking intra-views, drawing and textiles to enable teachers to share their experiences in different ways. The research outcomes will support the training of new teachers and the continuing professional and emotional development of teachers working in carceral settings. 

Dr Anthony Drummond is a senior lecturer whose work explores gypsies and travellers’ experiences of crime and justice since the 1960s. Anthony acts as a critical friend to the Leeds CPS Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel and is currently researching the experience of gay men during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.  

David Adlington-Rivers is a PhD researcher exploring hope and resilience for people in and released from prison, and the role it plays in crime desistance. David has published a self-help book, Freedom is in the Mind, about the power of hope for people in prison.

Food Matters’ aim is to create communities where healthy, sustainable, fair food is available to everyone. In particular, it runs projects that address food, well-being and mental health with disadvantaged groups including prisoners and people with previous convictions in the community, young people leaving care, people with addictions to substances, homeless people, parents of children at risk, people with mental health issues.

A major focus of Food Matters’ work is within the field of criminal justice, through the Food Matters Inside & Out programme. Food Matters takes a whole systems approach to changing food within prisons, so people in prison can make healthier choices. It works directly with prisoners, running face-to-face courses, in-cell learning and training peer supporters. Food Matters publishes a monthly health and wellbeing newsletter Her Wellbeing, which goes to all women serving custodial sentences in England (around 3,000) and is piloting His Wellbeing in a select number of men’s prisons.

Food Behind Bars is the UK’s only Registered Charity dedicated to transforming the food served in British prisons. It works with prisons on the subject of food – to improve the lives of those eating it and support the people making it. Its aim is to positively impact the health and wellbeing of prisoners, by delivering practical food-based education, promoting healthy eating and designing exciting food and drink initiatives.

Its projects and activities cover every aspect of food, cooking, eating and hospitality. Food Behind Bars works with prisons on a bespoke basis, co-designing original initiatives that enable prisons to champion wholesome, tasty and exciting food. Its work is shaped around each unique establishment and united by our philosophy of wholesome food for everyone in society.

DWRM Consultants partners with universities to support delivery of higher education in prisons and when people are released.

The Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) is an international non-profit organisation working with companies to champion fairness, equality, and effectiveness across systems of punishment and incarceration. RBIJ grew from the campaign movement on the ground and the growing need for key economic stakeholders to help drive real change. It engages, educates, and equips businesses — and their leaders — to participate in meaningful advocacy on key criminal justice issues, support policy-specific reform campaigns, and use their resources and operations to be a force for good in society.

The Prison Governors Association (PGA) represents the interests of its membership of prison governors, and promotes and supports continuous improvement within the criminal justice system.

Women in Prison is a national charity that supports women affected by the criminal justice system and campaigns to end the harm caused to women, their families and communities by imprisonment.

User Voice builds the structures that enable productive collaboration between service users and service providers in the criminal justice system. User Voice is able to do this because its work is led and delivered by people with lived experience, giving the charity the special ability to gain the trust of, access to, and insight from people within the criminal justice system.

Unlocked was established in 2016 to attract high-calibre graduate talent to work in the UK prison service and inject new ideas, insights, and energy into the rehabilitation of people in prison.

The Centre for Criminology was established in 2001 and comprises a team of active researchers and research students with specialisms in homicide and violence, policing, youth justice and youth policy, probation and prisons, rehabilitation and resettlement, prisoners’ children and families, substance misuse, green, global and transnational criminology, crime prevention, animal abuse, informal justice and alternatives to prosecution and imprisonment.

Transform Justice is a national charity working for a fair, humane, open and effective justice system. It promotes change by generating research and evidence to show how the system works and how it could be improved, and by persuading the public to support those changes and practitioners and politicians to make them.

Trailblazers Mentoring works to reduce reoffending in young adults by helping them change their attitude, thinking and behaviour through intensive mentoring, advice, advocacy and specialist support.

The Zahid Mubarek Trust (ZMT) was set up by the family of Zahid Mubarek, who was murdered by his cellmate in a racially motivated attack. The work of the ZMT includes evidence-based advocacy and grassroots support to people in prison and their families, with a focus on equality, fairness and human rights.