Hospitality Unlocked at HMP Lincoln
This month celebrates 'Hospitality Unlocked' an initiative to encourage hospitality employers to unlock opportunities for ex-offenders. It empowers second chances, showcases job diversity and supports career development. And our team at HMP Lincoln and their superb network of employers and partners are fully behind the initiative.
Only a few days into October and some great events have already happened.
Head Chef at the Ivy Michael Dudek and owner of Cafe Amisha Francesco Messinas brought some Michelin star experience to the prisoners at HMP Lincoln. The prison has its own Bistro 'Berties' where prisoners studying Hospitality and Catering qualifications can learn and cook for staff and visitors. Michael and Francesco have been mentoring the prisoners working in Berties, inspiring them and sharing their experience of what it's like to work at the top end of the industry. The men really benefitted from their masterclasses and continue to use their learnings while they're in Berties.
Helping the Homeless
We linked up with local charity 'Let them eat cake' and meals cooked by our learners were given to the homeless in Lincoln, enabling the prisoners to give something back to the community.
Learners S said 'We have been given an amazing opportunity doing this course with employment opportunities at the end of it. To be able to give something back and help those most in need is the right thing to do.'
Louise R. Custodial Relationship Manager at Only A Pavement Away came in to HMP Lincoln to support the men and give them knowledge and hope for life after prison. Only a Pavement Away is a charity founded by representatives from the hospitality industry supporting people facing or experiencing homelessness to overcome hurdles by finding jobs within the hospitality, pub and restaurant industry.
All the men were truly inspired. Many prisoners end up homeless upon release so understanding the support that is available will help change their life and prevent reoffending
More to Come
As part of Unlocking Hospitality we will be having sessions with Green King, Marstons, the YMCA, Paul Hugill and Lowan from Serendipity, vegan restaurant 'The Allotment', Karas Kitchen, the Hilton Hotel, Stokes Coffee and the development chef from Pilgrims food coming in to do more masterclasses, offer support, inspiration and employment opportunities to the men to help them enter hospitality and prevent reoffending on release.