A few weeks ago I received an invitation from David Gauke’s office to lunch with him at The Clink. He knows about the Robin Corbett Award as he was there at the 2018 presentations at the House of Lords and I have talked to him at subsequent receptions about the Corbett Network. The more we can be seen in high places the better it is for the Network!

The lunch was arranged by Christopher Moore, CEO The Clink Charity (and a member of the Network) and he and the charity’s chairman Finlay Scott were able to brief the Minister while he ate the usual delicious food prepared and served by the chefs, graduates and apprentices all of whom are serving inmates.

The Clink has an enviable reputation, a 7% non-offending rate and 350 employers waiting to give their graduates jobs.  But they are not resting on their laurels because they have exciting plans for the future.

I am happy to tell you that Chris will be speaking about these at the Network meeting in Albany on October 17 (another gentle memory nudge for your diaries).

The Minister was impressed, as he should be, and though his diary is crammed, I have asked him to visit the Chrysalis programme in Oakwood prison. Rory Stewart the Prison Minister has already visited Tempus Novo, knows about Bounce Back and I intend to be in contact with the Sec of State and Prison Minister to visit other members of the Network. Watch this space!