From living in an area where knife crime was prevalent and deciding to do something about it, to opening a cafe and two fully functioning restaurants within prisons, Fred Sirieix talks to us about his passion and work within prisons walls.
Fred is creating opportunities for offenders to turn their lives around, gain skills, training, qualifications, and access much needed experience to secure work within the hospitality sector once they leave prison.
The first restaurant was set up inside HMP/YOI ISIS - a men's prison and young offender institution (YOI) in Thamesmead; followed by another restaurant and cafe inside HMP Wormwood Scrubs.
Fred talks to our creative genius and creator behind bespoke in-cell television channel Wayout TV - Jezz Wright, about his passion for reducing re-offending, re-skilling inmates, and giving opportunities to those that want a better life outside of prison.
Securing Work After Prison
One of the key concepts covered by Fred in this interview is a focus on prisoners gaining experience and insight that will support them in finding work on the outside. One of the services we offer at PeoplePlus as part of our Justice division is the Careers Advice Service within prisons.
We currently work with a network of employers and offenders across 16 prisons to train those who are nearing the end of their sentence and support them with interviewing, CV writing, and employer-matching. Those who find work within their first 12 months after release from prison are less likely to re-offend, and our team work incredibly hard to make sure the inmates we work with, follow that path.
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This interview was recorded as part of a series by Wayout TV to inspire prisoners with different voices on their prison experience. The rest of the series will be posted throughout the week 17th - 21st January. Wayout TV provides education, information, opportunity, and innovation to inmates in over 60 prisons, find out more about the work they're doing to change the outcome for 100s of offenders here.