Ban the box header, helping people with criminal convictions to get jobs

Surprise award for manager of College’s prison coffee shop

The manager of a coffee shop and café run as a joint venture between  Weston College and Leyhill Prison has won a surprise award. Leyhill Grounds Coffee Shop is based next to the Gloucestershire prison, and is open to the public. It employs people who are in custody as part of a Weston College social enterprise which has been created …

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Weston College become first UK College to ‘Ban the Box’

Weston College has become the first college to sign up to the national Ban the Box campaign. Candidates with a criminal record can now apply for jobs at the College with the knowledge that they will be assessed on their ability to do the job before any convictions are fairly considered. However, the same rules surrounding who can legally do …

New coffee shop for Leyhill

Releasing New Potential opened up the Leyhill Grounds Coffee Shop earlier this month in conjunction with HMP Leyhill. The coffee shop is open to the public and employs eight offenders. It is based in a former staff mess room which has been refurbished over the last year into a modern café, complete with furniture and artwork made by offenders in …

Releasing new Potential present at annual OLS Conference

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Prison Artwork Sold For Charity Releasing new potential

Prison Artwork Sold For Charity

An exhibition of artwork created by prisoners from across the South West of England raised hundreds of pounds for charity.