We work to shift criminal justice policy and public perceptions, advocating for fairness of opportunity and equity – most significantly, racial equity. We do this through building relationships and partnerships, advocacy campaigns and media relations.
We build relationships with, support and partner with like-minded organisations and charities in the sector and beyond to advocate for systemic change and for the potential of young people in prison. You can see who we’ve worked with and the impact we’ve had so far in our impact section.
Being Well Being Equal: We believe that wellbeing support for young men and young Black men in prison should be prioritised and should be tailored to meet their specific needs.
We will be making noise about this important piece of work and joining others who are already doing this. We will be building an alliance with organisations and individuals to design the most effective solutions to this problem, refine the specific asks to Government together, and help make change happen. In addition, next year, we will be publishing a report.
We publicly advocate for systemic change; for the power of coaching; and for the potential of young people in prison. We work to shine a light on these issues via the media and we platform those with lived experience. You can see some of our media coverage in our impact section.
The voices of those with lived experience
We value our participants’ expertise and recognise their lived experience. Young people in prison are the experts, so we listen to their ideas and feedback to help to shape our strategy, coaching programmes and our campaigns.
Funded by The Listening Fund, the in-prison advisory boards are formed of Spark Inside ambassadors (a paid role for people in prison) and representatives of Spark Inside. We keep our participants at the heart of everything we do, and the in-prison advisory boards are a platform for people in prison to voice their opinions and effect change.
We have acted on what young people in prison have told us, including: the development of the tailored version of our life coaching programme, Hero’s Journey™ from a Black Perspective; shifting our evaluation method to Outcomes Star (Youth Star), which is completed as a collaborative process between client and coach, without leading or directing the client, which helps instil trust; and having a senior Spark Inside staff member present at their meetings, especially those who can implement any changes recommended by them.
We are in the process of embedding the in-prison advisory boards and we are also developing a group of young people in the community who have lived experience of prison (some may also have been our coaching programme participants), who can help champion systemic change, the potential of young people in prison, racial equity, wellbeing and more.