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04/08/14The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff extends opening times to increase prisoner training
by The Clink

We’ve decided to start opening The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff for service every Wednesday and Friday evening and for Sunday lunch. These extended hours will enable us to expand the breadth of training for the prisoners by experiencing evening and weekend service.

You’ll now be able to enjoy the restaurant’s highly acclaimed food between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 9.00am to 9.30pm Wednesday and Friday. The restaurant is also now open on Sundays, for the first time ever, with a brand new Sunday lunch menu available from midday until 3.00pm.

The restaurant is also available for private bookings for a minimum of 25 guests, Monday to Friday evenings and bespoke menus can be created– perfect for a private party with a difference.

The 30 category D prisoners from HMP Prescoed and HMP Cardiff work a 40 hour week either in the kitchen or restaurant, training towards gaining nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQ qualifications before returning to their respective prisons at the end of each working day. They create seasonal dishes using a variety of local produce to champion the wealth of incredible ingredients found throughout Wales and the UK.

To book a table at The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff please click here or call 029 2092 3130.

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04/08/14The Clink Gardens are flourishing and clucking
by The Clink

Chicken

With eight poly tunnels up and running we welcome the latest additions to The Clink Gardens at HMP Send – 49 Rhode Island Red chickens. Having settled in, their incredible egg laying abilities will provide plenty of fresh eggs.

The chickens are starting to produce free range eggs for use in both The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down and HMP Brixton. Alongside looking after the chickens, the women prisoners training in horticulture in the gardens are also sowing, maintaining and harvesting fruit, vegetables, salad and herbs, all grown in the poly tunnels and gardens.

All produce is then transported in The Clink’s own refrigerated van, to The Clink Restaurants operating in the south east. The prisoners in training in the kitchens then use the ingredients to create the dishes on the menus resulting in fresh, flavoursome and seasonal food being served.

A full-time gardener trainer has now been appointed at The Clink Gardens to oversee the prisoners’ training and delivery of the City & Guilds horticulture qualifications. This structure aids the women in training, providing them with practical skills and education that can be used when finding employment upon their release.

To book a table at one of The Clink Restaurants please click here and complete the enquiry form.

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04/08/14Sir William Atkinson joins the board of trustees
by The Clink

We’re pleased to welcome Sir William Atkinson, retired head teacher, as the latest addition to our board of trustees. With vast experience within educational institutes William brings a wealth of knowledge to the charity.

His own interest in education was sparked by a teacher who ‘challenged’ him. Challenge is something he feels the value of and led to his involvement in some of the toughest schools in the UK. William was responsible for overcoming low results and the students’ bad behaviour whilst also managing the performance of the teachers and in 2008, after 13 years at the Phoenix High School, Ofsted inspectors praised his role in the continuing improvement of the Phoenix School.

Having completely ‘turned around’ the reputation of Phoenix High School near White City in London – a secondary school that was listed as one of the eight most challenging schools in England – William’s ability to deliver a learning programme in an efficient and effective way is second to none.

William has also been widely featured in the media, including the Channel 4 documentary series The Unteachables, Newsnight, Panorama, BBC Question Time, The One Show and Radio 4’s The House I Grew Up In.

A recognised and praised figure within the education system, William will strengthen The Clink’s board and aid the growth of the charity further, as he joins his fellow trustees.

Find out who else is involved with The Clink by clicking here.

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04/08/14City & Guilds Offender Learning Event
by The Clink

On Tuesday 17th June City & Guilds held its very first Offender Learning Event – Educating into Employment and Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity, and Ross Wryde, reservations manager at The Clink Restaurant, were invited to be part of it.

As the UK’s leading vocational education business City & Guilds is committed to overcoming barriers to learning in prison, putting the prisoner at the heart of offender training to ensure all learners have the potential to achieve a positive outcome.

With the work we do as a charity, and within the training restaurants, the event was the perfect fit with our ethos and Chris Moore was invited to speak to guests about The Clink’s training initiatives across the prison estate. Nick Hardwick CBE, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons spoke on “Believe they can – why education should be at the heart of every prison” and Phil Romain, Her Majesty’s Inspector also spoke about “Prison inspection, concern and good practice in prisons”.

Ross opened the conference and was also invited on stage to talk about his experience training in The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down where he trained in the kitchen gaining his City & Guilds qualifications in food preparation. Now working for the restaurant on the outside, Ross was the perfect candidate to talk passionately about how the scheme transforms lives.

A full line-up of presentations and networking opportunities with delegates, including prison educators, Governors and key senior stakeholders in offender learning, inspection and reducing re-offending, took place, along with the first City & Guilds conference that was announced by Ross.

A great opportunity for us to share our experience and passion in prisoner rehabilitation, we’re looking forward to the next Offender Learning Event.

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