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We’re delighted to announce a new grant for Switchback from the National Lottery Community Fund will support Switchback’s vital frontline work supporting young men leaving prison.

The new funding, which totals £299,711 over the next three years, will allow us to reach even more young men through the life changing work of our full-time Switchback Mentors, supporting us to continue delivering our sector-leading work providing 1-to-1 support through the gate and beyond.

Switchback CEO Sian Williams said: “We’re thrilled that the National Lottery Community Fund want to help us support more young men leaving prison to build stable rewarding lives and so contribute to building stronger communities across London. Thank you to the whole NLCF team for believing in the Switchback model and for their invaluable guidance throughout the application process.”

This new funding will play a vital role in our Delivery team’s growth over the next three years, helping more Switchback Mentors to support even more young men to navigate the turbulent transition from prison to release and build stable, rewarding lives that they can be proud of.

Switchback Mentors are at the heart of what we do. They are full-time, paid and highly skilled individuals that work with a small caseload of Trainees, supporting them to work towards their goals. Our pioneering approach works: in stark contrast to the national average – which sees nearly half of prison leavers back inside within a year – only 9% of Switchback Trainees reoffend, while over half move into long-term work.

A huge thank you to the National Lottery Community Fund for backing our vital work with young prison leavers.

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