Spark Inside is the only charity that offers young people in prison the support of fully qualified, accredited life coaches.
We only hire coaches who have qualifications recognised by an accredited organisation, such as the International Coaching Federation, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, or the Association for Coaching, and who have logged a minimum of 100 hours of coaching.
Combined, our fantastic team has more than 10,000 hours of practice, with previous experience working in private and corporate sectors, as well as trauma recovery, alcohol and drugs recovery, mental health, and youth work.
Our coaches balance their coaching for us with a portfolio of blue-chip, global companies – on any given day you might find a Spark Inside coach working with top executives at Rolls Royce in the morning, then coaching the young men in HMP Isis in the afternoon!
Our coaches attend regular professional supervision meetings with our Coach Supervisors, training sessions and events, and continuously reflect on their practice and development. As our coaches deliver in a prison environment, we require all coaches to be fully vetted, key trained, have enhanced DBS certificates that are less than a year old, to maintain knowledge and understanding of security, safeguarding health and safety and risk management practice and procedures, and to take part in any additional training required by the prison or by Spark Inside.
We believe that all young people we work with have enormous potential, that they deserve to be valued and that they deserve investment. That is why we commit to upholding the highest standards when it comes to our coaches, our practice and delivery.
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Jay, a young person who participated in our Hero’s Journey programme, said:
“My coach was just amazing. He didn’t judge, he was level-headed, and he understands that people go through difficult times and make wrong choices, but just because they´ve made that wrong choice it doesn’t make them a bad person.
People can change, and it was having that one person sat there believing in me that helped me get over it. The coaches help bring out the better person in you.”