Posted on Thursday, November 27 2008 at 11am
If you're looking for a unique gift or an eye catching-piece of home furnishing, look no further than Fine Cell Work.
Fine Cell Work is a charity that teaches professional needlework to prison inmates and sells completed work on their behalf. It's widely recognised by prisoners and prison officers that projects such as this, which give prisoners a sense of self-respect pride and in their work, are invaluable in helping to rehabilitate inmates and encouraging them to address offending behaviour. This may, in turn, reduce their chances of re-offending.
The quality of work produced is exceptionally high and the prisoners are taught by skilled volunteers from the Royal School of Needlework, Embroiderers' Guild and the world of professional design. Jasper Conran and Allegra Hicks are among the designers who have designed for Fine Cell Work in the past, and the range of products produced include seat covers, quilts and cushions. Specific designs can also be commissioned.
As well as buying gifts, for as little as £50, you can sponsor a prisoner to learn how to stitch. Take a look in the Fine Cell Work shop here, and read testimonials from prisoners, prison officers and customers here.