Spark Inside has published its Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20. We’ve shared our achievements, challenges, and successes, and our CEO Vicki Cardwell reflects on her first year in post, after joining us in January.
“I am committed to this period of growth and to advocating for coaching and rehabilitation, and I’m deeply proud of the work the team has put into developing the in-prison advisory boards, which will inform all of our strategic decisions. The people with lived experience will guide us in what will be a new world post-COVID-19, but a world in which our coaching programmes will be more important than ever.”
Click here to read the report.
Our key highlights during this year include:
- We delivered 27 Hero’s Journey™ programmes in five establishments
- We successfully piloted an adapted version of our life coaching programme: Hero’s Journey™ from a Black Perspective. The programme was co-designed with young black men with lived experience of prison.
- We secured the Lincolnshire Action Trust as our first partner to pilot Hero’s Journey™ as part of our UK expansion.
- We published the Hero’s Journey™ Impact Report 2016 – 2019, which shows that across the three years, Spark Inside has made a clear, positive impact on the lives of over 350 young men in prison.
- We piloted in-prison advisory boards, allowing young people in prison to voice their opinions and shape our strategy, delivery and campaigns.
- Our CEO Vicki Cardwell made Spark Inside’s first live television appearance as a panel expert making the case for rehabilitation on BBC Ones’ The Big Questions, generating media interest and social media engagement.
- We responded quickly and innovatively to the Covid-19 lockdown, staying connected with people in prison and ensuring the young people we coach knew we had not forgotten about them. We also developed a programme to coach prison officers virtually, to support these front line workers during one of the most difficult times in their careers.
“I want to thank our supporters, funders and partners who continue to believe in our work, allowing us to increase our reach and impact – including for the first time ever, outside of London. Inspired by people around me at Spark Inside, in prisons and across the criminal justice system, I look forward to being an advocate and to playing a part in creating some meaningful change.”