Who We Are:
The Corbett Network is a coalition of more than 50 decision-makers of major rehabilitation charities and organisations dedicated to reducing re-offending by supporting people with convictions find and keep a job.
As Networker, Maggie Walsh, CEO of A Fairer Chance puts it: “ After release they need somewhere to live, a job and someone who gives a damn. Well Corbett Networkers and its partner the Robin Corbett Award do give a damn!
The Network Mission
Bridging the gap from custody to community by improving routes to employment
- Engaging with employers from a wide spectrum, many of whom have skill shortages but do not yet consider recruiting people with convictions
- Providing support for self-employment options – back office, mentors etc
- Providing support for entrepreneurial activity – start up grants, route to market, mentors
- Using social networks and media to publicise rehabilitation
Do you believe in second chances?
If you do believe in second chances, you’ll agree that once someone has served their prison sentence, a new start should, and must, be possible. Many ex-offenders are motivated by making up for what they did wrong and often prove to be reliable, hard-working and committed employees. It costs us taxpayers £40,000 to keep one person in prison – every year (Eton costs £35,000). So it makes economic sense to give ex-offenders the chance to change.
We set up the Robin Corbett Award for Re-integration in 2012 to honour Robin Corbett’s legacy in prison reform. Every year we award £10,000 to three charities who do the most to help and support people with convictions. Out of this work evolved The Corbett Network whose members collaborate to help people with convictions find a sustainable job. A better alternative than a prison cell and a chance to change a life because over 50% of those released will re-offend within two years. That figure drops to 19% for those in employment.
The Corbett Centre
for Prisoner Re-integration
"Prison isn't full of bad people; it's full of people who've done bad things and most need a chance to change."
~ Robin Corbett.
Lady Corbett cut the ribbon on this Grade II listed beautiful building in in Nottingham - the first such centre in the world - on February 13, 2019. It was the brainchild of Professor Belinda Winder (a member of the Corbett Network) and her team who decided there was a need for such a Centre which could help to counsel and support ex-offenders especially sex offenders.
From the press release: “The Corbett Centre in Nottingham is a holistic approach and is the first in the world with the aim to reduce sexual re-offending and re-offending generally. The Centre is a joint initiative by Nottingham Trent University, the Safer Living Foundation (who will run it) and Nottinghamshire Police. It is funded by charitable trusts and companies - and importantly by prisoners themselves and is named after, and dedicated to, Lord Robin Corbett and Lady Val Corbett who have both done so much to help prisoners re-integrate into society and make society a safer place for us all.
“Grateful thanks to everyone who has supported this project - academics, practitioners, volunteers, fund raisers and service users alike. Safer Living Foundation was the winner in the Robin Corbett Award in 2015 and the prize money awarded to them went toward the founding of this Centre.
“And because it is vitally important not to forget the survivors and victims of sexual abuse and other crimes while we work to prevent reoffending, please remember charities like NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) and NSPCC who always need time and donations to help them deal with the devastating aftermath of sexual abuse.”
See us in action..
SOME FACTS AND A REQUEST:
Brexit will mean thousands of vacancies so recruiting from a different talent pool is crucial. Economically and morally it’s surely the right thing to do.
We hope this film will persuade companies to give a job opportunity to people who have served their sentences and are ready to re-join society. As Networker, Maggie Walsh, CEO of A Fairer Chance puts it: “They need somewhere to live, a job and someone who gives a damn.” Corbett Networkers do give a damn.
With YOUR help we will get the video to the widest possible audience and persuade more firms to consider hiring those who have been risk assessed and made job ready and would be a good fit for an employer. May I ask you please to forward the video’s link to your contacts and ask them to do the same:
Thank you on behalf of the people who, though our efforts, will be given a chance to change their lives.
Hear from these inspiring firms who employ offenders and ex-offenders:
Corbett Network Members
Dr Kameel Khan is a tax judge and lecturer at Stamford University. He is involved in prison rehab in the US, in particular an enterprise programme called Remake- which had a presentation ceremony at Kings’ University London when 16 ex-offenders graduated to start their own businesses. He is also working with the MOJ on using Big Data to determine sentence length.
Faith Spear is an independent criminologist. Former Independent Monitoring Board Chairman but was dismissed for being a whistle-blower about what was happening in the prison system by IMB and Ministry of Justice. Has continued to speak out for reform and been interviewed many times on television, radio and online news sites. She supports and encourages many who have been in prison and has learned to be persistent.
Graham Barker During his year as High Sheriff, he was determined to support rehabilitation of offenders and help them find employment. Now a Trustee of the Berkshire Care Trust which assists ex-offenders on release from prison on referrals from the probation service he has also joined BACO - the Bucks Association for Care of Offenders.
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