Manchester’s The Clink Cafe helps ex-offenders into society.
Each year, in England and Wales, around 66,000 ex-offenders return to society after having served their sentence. According to offender rehabilitation social enterprise Novus, at least three-quarters of them will be unemployed in the long-term. For many ex-offenders, their offenses can preclude them from many, if not all, employment opportunities.
The Clink Cafe in Manchester is assisting in the rehabilitation of ex-offenders whilst trying to change public attitudes towards them. The cafe is staffed by former prisoners, and the scheme aims to help offenders turn their lives around by offering training, experience and by building the confidence to find further work.