Spark Inside is a young, vibrant organisation that runs coaching programmes in prisons across London and the South East, to encourage rehabilitation and reduce reoffending. We are proud that our work makes a meaningful difference to the lives of people living and working in prison, and our team of expert coaches and talented staff makes us a dynamic place to work.
Established in 2012, we have worked with over 1,000 prisoners and prison staff, in 11 prisons, young offender institutions and secure training centres. We have won various awards, including a Commendation for the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-integration 2018, and were shortlisted for the Charity Times Award Best New Charity 2016.
The Conversation is our systems coaching programme that brings together large groups of prison staff and prisoners in a facilitated group coaching process to enhance their relationships, improve empathy, and support sustained, positive cultural change on prison wings. Evaluations of our systems coaching programme show an 81% increase in positive prisoner behaviour.
Hero’s Journey is our structured life coaching programme for young people aged 15-25, in prison and through-the-gates, building their motivation to change, decreasing in-prison violence and creating a pro-social identity away from crime. Evaluation of our life coaching programme has shown it reduces reoffending by one third.
It’s an exciting time to join Spark Inside, as we increase our reach and impact, scale-up to deliver across the country, and are set to elevate our profile through our media and policy work.