Welcome to Switchback

We enable young men to find a way out of the justice system and build a stable, rewarding life they can be proud of.

Real, lasting change

Switchback Trainees are five times less likely to return to custody. 
Through consistent, motivational relationships with a Switchback Mentor on both sides of the prison gate, we support young Londoners to change their relationship with society.
We share what we’ve learned to inspire change across the justice system and beyond.
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Longford Prize 2019


Charity of the Year, Charity Times Awards 2019


Criminal Justice Alliance Outstanding Organisation 2017


Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-Integration 2016


of Switchback Trainees reach our benchmark of Real, Lasting Change: a fundamental shift in mindset and lifestyle


of Switchback Trainees move into long-term work, education or training – compared to only 10% of prison-leavers nationally six weeks after release.


of Switchback Trainees do not reoffend within a year of release. Compared to around half of prison-leavers nationally, only 9% of Switchback Trainees reoffend.

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Switchback responds to prison plans on BBC News

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Before the publication of the government's Prisons Strategy White Paper on December 7, Switchback's Director of Impact & External Affairs Sam Boyd spoke on BBC News about the support that…

Tyrell on Times Radio: “A lot of people find themselves slipping back so easily.”

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Last week, recent Switchback Trainee Tyrell spoke on Times Radio about the challenges of release and the need for support. Tyrell spoke live to Matt Chorley about the realities of…

City of London School raises over £80,000 for Switchback

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Sarah and Taran from the Switchback Team picked up the impressive cheque at the the City of London School charity assembly. In October 2019, Switchback was voted by the students…

Released from prison to homelessness: Switchback in The Big Issue

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Former Switchback Trainee shares his story of making a new start after being released from prison homeless. Read the article in The Big Issue here. Jason (name changed) was one…
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Switchback shows that if you really want to change lives, this is exactly the approach that makes sense. The lesson from Switchback is that providing that trust, that human relationship is central for change"

Rory Stewart OBE, Former Minister for Prisons

We build transformative relationships

Our model is centred on a meaningful relationship between Switchback Mentor and Trainee, lasting as long as it takes.

Seeing my Switchback Mentor in prison meant I already knew her once I got out. She understands me and understands the journey I’m taking. If I was doing it by myself I reckon things would have gone off track by now."

Daniel, Switchback Trainee

Our Impact

Switchback supports over 300 young Londoners every year on their journey out of the justice system.

Training in the cafe after prison meant I kept busy, so I didn’t fall back into something else. I got really into making coffee and I love working now. I never thought I would be able to say that but I just love it!”

James, Barista and former Switchback Trainee

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