Recycling Lives, a social business which enables prisoners to gain skills and qualifications to help them reduce their risk of reoffending on release, has been awarded the 2019 Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-integration. Recycling Lives works in 11 UK prisons and was nominated for the award for its work at HMP Wymott in Lancashire.
The organisation engages up to 250 men and women at a time in its HMP Academies programme, which employs offenders in either recycling or fabrication work. It supports each man and woman to address offending behaviours, develop skills and secure work and housing for release. Fewer than 5% of participants reoffend and more than 70% find employment on release.