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.
About Us


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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Four years of Switchback’s Experts By Experience Board – an update

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Experts By Experience Board members during last week’s meeting at Dusty Knuckle café, discussing initial ideas for Switchback’s new strategic plan for 2022 onwards. This summer marks four years since…

Switchback’s 2020 Annual Report

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We’re delighted to share our 2020 Annual Report. Below, Switchback’s Founder and CEO, Alice Dawnay, and Chair, Duncan Shrubsole, share their reflections on building stability during a year of chaos.…

Discharge grant to increase for the first time in 25 years

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For immediate release Discharge grant for prison-leavers to increase by 65% - for the first time in 25 years The discharge grant – a one-off payment given to prison leavers…

How can technology support prison-leavers? Switchback speaks at MoJ’s Prison Leavers Innovation Roundtable

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On April 29 Switchback’s Head of Delivery Monique Williams spoke at a Prison Leaver Technology Roundtable, hosted by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in partnership with GovTech agency PUBLIC. The…
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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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