The Clink Charity rehabilitates prisoners and reduces reoffending rates in the UK by training prisoners to receive accredited City & Guilds NVQ qualifications in food and beverage service, food safety, food preparation, and hospitality and by placing graduates into employment in the hospitality and horticulture industries upon release.
The first Clink Restaurant opened in 2009 at HMP High Down in Surrey. Since then Clink has achieved incredible results and now operates 11 training projects; 4 restaurants, 3 kitchen projects, 2 gardens, 1 café and 1 events catering business.
Clink Events launched in 2014 offering high quality catering services for events at many venues in London, including Guildhall. It gives businesses and individuals the chance to contribute to and build their corporate social responsibility.
Food for events used to be prepared in Clink’s prison kitchens, but in 2018 a purpose-built central production kitchen unit was opened at HMP Downview in Surrey where food is prepared by serving prisoners and then delivered to events in refrigerated vehicles. Clink Events works in partnership with other like-minded social enterprises such as Centrepoint, the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, to staff the event.
By the end of 2018 three new training projects will have been opened for serving prisoners or prisoners on ROTL (released on temporary licence).
The Clink Charity has received two grants from the Weavers’ Company; the first in 2013 to help fit out a new kitchen at HMP Brixton and the latter in 2016 as a contribution towards the purchase of a refrigerated vehicle for Clink Events.