I want to tell you today about a social enterprise called Fine Cell Work.
Their mission statement “ to rehabilitate prisoners by giving them the opportunity to earn and save money and the chance to reflect on and rebuild their lives through craft and achievement” says it all really but doesn’t prepare you for the quality and beauty of their work.
Fine Cell Work teaches needlework to prison inmates and sells their products. The prisoners do the work when they are locked in their cells, and the earnings give them hope, skills and independence.
On average the prisoners participate for three years and spend 20 hours per week stitching. The highest earners stitch for as long as 40 hours.
They are taught by 50 volunteers and 80% of the participants are men.
It says something that all of the classes have waiting list!
Go on, do your Christmas shopping and help a good cause.