The social enterprise that’s using pasties to help reduce re-offending rates

HMPasties is reducing re-offending rates of people released from prison with providing training and sustainable employment opportunities - and making Cornish pasties!

Based in Manchester, but with plans to scale up to cover the North West and beyond, HMPasties was set up by Lee Wakeham from Groundwork, the charity that  supports disadvantaged people. He wanted to ‘bring out the good inside’ by employing ex-offenders to make and sell delicious handmade Cornish-style pasties. HMPasties is focused on providing educational and training facilities to people with convictions and aims to ultimately be self-funding. Being in employment is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of re-offending with similar projects cutting the re-offending rate by around 40%.

It uses fresh ingredients and promotional printing sourced from the prison estate, and the professional kitchen is staffed entirely by people with a criminal record who want to get back into work. Its customers include FC United of Manchester, Timpsons and Galliford Try, and is also has regular stalls at some of Manchester’s most popular markets.

In this film produced by Groundwork, Lee explains how HMPasties works, why it is important and how his own experiences led him to create it.

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FYI – Groundwork is a charity working locally and nationally to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities – www.groundwork.org.uk

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