Archive: May 2013

We have been shortlisted for the ACE Sustainability Awards

The Clink Charity has been shortlisted for the Association of Catering Excellence’s, ACE Sustains Corporate Award. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday 17th July at the annual ACE Summer Event at The Crystal, London’s landmark building, dedicated to improving urban sustainability.
The award recognises “the company that is best able to demonstrate their commitment to supporting sustainability in the wider foodservice sector through one or several ethical and sustainable initiatives applied throughout their business” so to be shortlisted is a […]


The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down turns four!

On Monday 11th May 2009, The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down first opened its doors to the public following many years of development by Chef Alberto Crisci, founder. The Clink’s five step programme is the key to ensuring that the reoffending rates of our Clink graduates are so low.
The Clink Charity has gone from strength-to-strength over the past few years with the charity’s second restaurant, The Clink Cymru at HMP Cardiff, opening in September 2012. Plans are underway to […]


Success Story – Meet Michael

Released from prison on 31st August 2012, Michael (aged 25) is a successful graduate from The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down.
Now working at one of the Thistle Hotels in London, within the meetings and events team, Michael has become a valuable member of staff, working full-time, having impressed the hotel manager with his dedication, time-keeping and immaculate presentation.
Michael’s new career began, following his release from prison, where he had served a one year sentence for burglary. During his imprisonment […]


New Menus for Summer 2013

Our new season summer menus, created by Al and the team, went live last week at The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down and will be available at The Clink Cymru at HMP Cardiff from Monday 3rd June.
Created with the wealth of delicious, seasonal goodies available in mind, the menus offer a taste of summer, using locally sourced and British ingredients that are in their prime, including strawberries, salmon, cherries and courgettes.
Choose from a range of starters that include a […]


Outcomes and Results

We have achieved extraordinary results since 2009 and the reoffending rate of Clink graduates is significantly lower than the national average of 47%.
Clink graduate reoffending rates after one full year of release:

In 2010, 14% of graduates reoffended
In 2011, 12.5% of graduates reoffended

In 2012 we trained 88 prisoners of which 26 were released into employment.
To date only one of these has reoffended. However, in order to accurately compare the reoffending rate against the national average, we will have to wait until […]


Training and Graduate Update

 Since January 2013 we have trained and released 10 graduates from The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down and 14 from The Clink Cymru at HMP Cardiff. All 24 graduates have been placed into employment within top hotels, restaurants and caterers.
Since we began in 2009, we have now helped a total of 76 prisoners find a job upon their release which has dramatically reduced their chances of reoffending.


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