Archive: July 2013

Buy The Clink Charity poetry and art books now

Last year we launched our Prisoners’ Poetry Book and A Collection of Art and Poetry, both filled with work by prisoners at HMP High Down.
Both books are available to buy at The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down and The Clink Cymru at HMP Cardiff and A Collection of Art and Poetry is available to buy on Amazon.
Now however, the books have hit the High Street for the first time and The Ibis Bookshop, 109 High Street, Banstead is now […]


The very latest award news

Last night, The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down was awarded third place in the ACE Sustains Corporate Award at the annual ACE Summer Event at The Crystal – Siemens’ landmark global urban sustainability centre in London. The award recognises companies and teams that truly stand out from the crowd for their approach to sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
With so many green initiatives including recycling fryer oil into bio-diesel and growing the majority of the vegetables and herbs in our […]


Watch us on You Tube…

The first video was filmed at the opening of The Clink Cymru back in September 2012 which saw Clink supporters including our Chef ambassadors Antonio Carluccio OBE and Stephen Terry, TV historian Dan Snow and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, Jeremy Wright enjoy an exclusive lunch to mark the official opening of the restaurant. Watch the video here.
The second video released followed Al Crisci MBE, director of operations and founder  as he visits the farms […]


Meet Jason Lawrence, general manager at The Clink Cymru

Jason joined The Clink Cymru in 2012 as general manager of the training restaurant at HMP Cardiff which opened to the public in September 2012.
Having previously worked in Germany running the flagship restaurant for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI), where he managed a 27-strong team. Jason is practiced in managing a large team within a busy hospitality environment – perfect for The Clink Cymru which is proving to be a big hit with the food lovers of […]


Graduates reunite at The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down

42 guests, including Clink graduates, employers, probation officers, family and friends attended The Clink graduate reunion event at The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down. It was fantastic to hear from the graduates, some of whom were released over three years ago, about how The Clink Charity had made such a difference to their lives and how the mentoring had really supported them and helped them to reintegrate back into society.
Chris Moore, chief executive and chef Alberto Crisci, director of operations […]


Mentoring scheme to aid graduate rehabilitation

Following a minimum of six months training and upon their release, graduates receive additional support in the final three months of their sentence where they are given customised training to help them set up a bank account, find accommodation and ultimately secure full-time employment within the hospitality industry.
The Clink operates a Five Step Programme – Selection, Training, Auditing, Employment and Mentoring.
Each prisoner that graduates from The Clink will have a mentor who will help set up job interviews within restaurants, […]


Training and Graduate Update

Both Clink training restaurants are fully staffed at the moment with 28 prisoners in training at each site. The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down has released eight graduates into full-time employment over the last six weeks and more are due to be released over the next month. The graduates are working in 4 and 5 star hotels, high street restaurants and contract caterers all in and around the London area.
At The Clink Cymru at HMP Cardiff our internship programme […]


We’re recruiting for a part-time admin assistant…

Working hours: 24 hours per week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 5pm
Rate of pay: £7.50 per hour / £9,360 pa
Main duties include:

Producing invoices
Managing deposits / vouchers
Logging and chasing payments
Data inputting
Inputting all payments
Inputting Gift Aid
Managing the weekly banking including going to the bank
Preparing and managing monthly stock taking sheets
Assisting with bookings and e-mail management
Carrying out communications such as thank you letters
Supporting the finance director and management team

Reporting to: Finance director
Location: The Clink Charity, HMP High Down, Sutton, Surrey, […]


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