The St Giles Trust works to support ex-prisoners avoid re-offending. One in three discharged prisoners will have no home to go to when they leave prison; and three out of four will have no job. This is a problem because homelessness and unemployment are the two factors most likely to lead an ex-prisoner to re-offend.
For three years the St Giles Trust has worked to address this by training serving prisoners to provide advice and guidance on housing, employment and other issues on the inside and it was this innovative work that led to its first Ludlow Award in 2004.
Three years on, and the Trust's S2W programme employs trained ex-prisoner advisers to meet newly-discharged prisoners at the prison gate to offer advice and support them into employment.