Beefy's Foundation

Switchback

Switchback

Switchback is a London based charity that helps 18-30 year old male offenders - Trainees - make real, long-lasting change after their release from prison. Our mission is to change the way that Switchback Trainees think about and participate in society.

Most young adults leaving prison don't want to return. Yet nationally, 44% are back inside within a year. Released with just a £46 release grant and no clear plan for the future, it's understandable why it is hard to succeed. However, for Switchback Trainees this figure is 8%.

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The Switchback programme is centred on an unconditional, meaningful relationship between Switchback Mentor and Trainee that lasts as long as it takes. Our methods are careful and consistent whilst rolling with the ups and downs of real life. Switchback Mentors are not volunteers.

They are full-time, paid and highly skilled. They each work with a small caseload and they must be willing to become the most important person in a Trainee's life whilst also working towards that no longer being the case. We encourage and challenge Trainees to take control and make a more stable life for themselves no matter how slow or difficult this might be. It is not easy but it does work.

The form that our support takes varies with each Trainee but they go through the same three core stages:

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In Prison

An eligible prisoner chooses to take part. During his last three months inside, he meets regularly with his Switchback Mentor and starts to plan for a stable future. That same Switchback Mentor meets him on the day of release.


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In Training

The Trainee starts volunteering at our partner training café as soon as he is released; learning in a real work environment. His Switchback Mentor helps him to learn how to make the right choices, be reliable, get the help he needs and practice trying new things.


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In Work

We work closely with a wide range of employers and arrange mock interviews, visits and work placements. The Trainee continues to build stability across all areas of his life so that employment is rewarding and sustained.


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"If I had all of this support last time I was released I don't think I would have gone back to prison. It's just having someone to talk to who tells you when you're doing well. I can't explain why, but it makes so much difference".

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"I used to hate my area, but now I don't mind it because every day I leave it behind & go to work somewhere totally different, I feel part of society, and I am not just stuck in the same place anymore. There's a lot to see out there!"

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"It's weird thinking about how far I've come since I was in prison - my brother told me the other day that he's proud of me; he's never said anything like that to me before!"

For further information see our website:

www.switchback.org.uk

Beefy's Foundation Supported by BTRS - Brain Tumour Research & Support