Archive: May 2014

The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down celebrates five years

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The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down has reached a significant milestone since the prisoner training scheme was launched in 2009. This month marks the fifth year of operation for the restaurant and highlights the incredible success achieved so far in reducing reoffending rates. Since the restaurant opened almost 500 prisoners have been trained in cooking and front of house service and in 2013 alone 94 prisoners were trained and 53 qualified graduates were released […]

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New restaurant ambassadors appointed to support The Clink

Our Ambassador Programme is designed to support the work that we do in prisoner rehabilitation through experts in the industry donating their hospitality expertise. Ambassadors have an in-depth understanding of the charity and its position in society as a training scheme that transforms lives.
We’re delighted to welcome several new restaurant ambassadors who will be responsible for delivering relevant industry education to the prisoners in training at both restaurants at HMP High Down and HMP Brixton. They will assist in fundraising, […]

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Kevin McGrath, a founder trustee of The Clink Charity, has been appointed High Sheriff for Greater London

Kevin McGrath, vice chair of The Clink Charity and chairman of M&M Asset Management, has been appointed The High Sheriff of Greater London for 2014/2015. He was sworn into the role by the Lord Chief Justice at a special ceremony which took place at the Royal Courts of Justice earlier this month. Kevin brings extensive experience to The Clink Charity board with his knowledge of shaping UK penal policy having served as a commissioner on the high-profile Independent Commission on […]

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Sustainable City Awards 2014

With a host of awards under our belt since launching in May 2009, it is an honour to continue to be recognised for our contribution to the hospitality industry and to society as a whole.
In March this year, The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down was recognised by the City of London in the Sustainable City Awards where we came runner up in the category for Sustainable Food. Congratulations to The London Climbing Centre who came first in our category […]

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The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down turns five

May 2014 marks five years since The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down opened as the first commercial restaurant to be built inside a working British prison.
The success of that first restaurant and the reception it received from the industry and the general public has led to the steady growth of The Clink’s unique prisoner training programme that will see 10 projects in operation by the end of 2017.
Since opening, The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down has served over 60,000 […]

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Project number five to open in early 2015

With the announcement of The Clink Gardens at HMP Send also came the news that a fourth Clink restaurant is planned. The Clink Restaurant will open at women’s prison HMP Styal, Cheshire in 2015 subject to planning permission.
HMP Styal is a women’s prison and the restaurant will be situated outside the prison walls in the disused chapel following a complete renovation. The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal will train up to 28 women in food preparation and front of house […]

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Project number four is coming to life

Our next training initiative to launch has been confirmed – The Clink Gardens at HMP Send, Surrey. Entering into a women’s prison for the first time, the project will provide prisoners with the opportunity to gain experience and nationally recognised NVQ qualifications in horticulture.
The project is a large scale outdoor training facility that will provide the women in training the opportunity to grow, cultivate and harvest crops as well as rear chickens for their eggs. This training will support the […]

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