Skip to main content

The Tax Academy CIC works with people in prison helping them with their tax affairs prior to release. This includes dealing with outstanding self-assessment tax returns, appealing tax penalties, preparing them with HMRC for self-employment on release etc. The Tax Academy CIC have dealt with over 3,000 prisoner tax cases since 2014, and have been appointed to the HMRC Voluntary Sector Tax Resolution Service and the HMRC Individuals Stakeholder Forum.

The Hardman Trust focuses on the needs of people serving long sentences as they leave prison. It provides practical and financial support into work and training, and ongoing one-to-one support on release to support resettlement. It also produce the Hardman Directory, a book outlining sources of support for people leaving 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.

Changing Lives believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their potential. With experts in working with people experiencing the most challenging of circumstances, providing holistic support to help people to go on to lead happy, fulfilling lives, Changing Lives works across four – often interconnected – areas to address the most common causes of social exclusion and long-term deprivation: Housing and Homelessness, Addiction and Recovery, Women and Children, and Employment and Training.

Entrepreneurs Unlocked helps individuals develop their skills to become their own boss and lead crime-free lives.

For many people whose career prospects may be limited due to their criminal record entrepreneurship and self-employment could be the best pathways to a better life.

Genius Within CIC is a social enterprise established by Dr Nancy Doyle in 2011 to help neurominorities unlock their talents, whilst acknowledging and celebrating that this diversity forms part of the rich tapestry of human experience.

Genius Within advises governments on policy and provide consultancy to businesses, driving systemic change that allows all employees to thrive. It provides in-work support in the form of coaching, training and assessments. It also supports neurodiverse/neurodivergent thinkers who are not in the workplace, who might be studying, unemployed or in the criminal justice system.

Growing Futures UK was founded in 2013 by Desmond Brown to work with disadvantaged communities in Bristol, the South West and beyond. In 2016 Growing Futures UK became a C.I.C. with Beaula McCalla coming on board as a director. So from the directors to mentors its staff are trained and DBS checked along side yearly training in safeguarding. Its board, trustees and staff are committed to providing bespoke and tailored programmes, resources and educational opportunities for our communities. Growing Futures UK works with schools, learning providers and community groups.

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.

Evidence-Based Justice Lab is a research group funded by UK Research and Innovation conducting work at the intersection of data science, psychology, and law, with a focus on the criminal justice system. It gathers data on various aspects of the criminal justice system (e.g. guilty pleas, jury decision-making, use of evidence) to examine how these aspects of the system are operating (or are likely to be operating) in practice. Evidence-Based Justice Lab does this through gathering qualitative and quantitative data both from real cases and from experimental work.

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

Cranstoun believes in empowering people and empowering change. It is a social justice and harm reduction charity. Cranstoun works across the areas of substance use, criminal justice, domestic abuse, housing and young people. Its criminal justice work is evidence-informed and supported by its expertise in substance use and domestic abuse and the benefits of a trauma-informed response. Cranstoun believes in creating whole system change, providing the right intervention at the right time and reaching people where they are at.

Power The Fight exists to empower communities to end youth violence. It aims to educate, equip, engage and enable communities to be the answer to the issue of youth violence in the UK.

Humankind is committed to reducing deprivation and exclusion and to improving people’s wellbeing. Its specialist services include substance use, clinical, employment training and education, housing services, housing support and health, young people and families services.

Established in 2004 by Sir Charles Pollard and Nigel Whiskin MBE, Restorative Solutions is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) committed to supporting commissioners and frontline restorative practitioners by creating and managing innovative programmes, delivering training and services to enable the use of Restorative Justice and wider Restorative Practice. It works nationally and locally with organisations to make restorative approaches accessible to all.

Justice Academy is an online learning community for justice and public sector staff in the UK. Its portal offers a range of qualifications, workshops, training courses and continuing professional development opportunities for staff looking to enhance their skills and further their career, and for individuals wishing to pursue a career in the sector.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) is a social policy research organisation that focuses on issues impacting on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Its policy priorities are mental health, education and criminal justice. Working with communities impacted by systemic racism, ROTA helps create the policies and practices to tackle inequality.

StreetDoctors empowers young people affected by violence by equipping them with the skills to save lives and the knowledge to make informed decisions about keeping themselves and others safe. It does this by providing training in emergency first-aid through a network of young healthcare volunteers in partnership with local communities.

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 Network for Justice is an associate member of the CJA.

The Network for Justice is a community of individuals, organisations, initiatives and projects which share a common goal of supporting vulnerable people to access and utilise their legal rights. Its mission is to drive a stronger access to justice sector, using the collective knowledge and experience within to create a justice system which is more effective in meeting the needs of the vulnerable people it serves.

On a mission to address discrimination within the criminal justice system and create equity within society, UNJUST specialises in challenging policing practices and policies that disproportionately impact Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. UNJUST undertakes research, provides services and operates a legal referral service for those in need of advice or representation.