Fine Cell Work enables prisoners to build fulfilling and crime-free lives by training them to do high-quality, skilled, creative needlework undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem. They can also learn sewing machine and textile production skills in our prison based workshops. Our aim is to allow them to finish their sentences with work skills, money earned and saved, and the self-belief to not re-offend.
Currently working in thirty-two British prisons, and engaging with over five-hundred prisoners each year, Fine Cell Work addresses key issues affecting prisoners’ offending behaviours: establishment and reinforcement of work skills, building relationships, and mental resilience. Prisoners are taught by experienced volunteers and staff to work in their cells and in prison workshops. Having the opportunity to work independently helps them to regain control of their lives and allows them to maintain dignity. Prisoners gain a sense of connection to the world outside prison through the sale of their work. It also helps them establish a work ethic, and allows them to send money to their families or save for their release.
Fine Cell Work has recently collaborated with Kit Kemp, Design Director of the Firmdale Hotels group, to produce a range of unique hand-stitched cushions and home accessories, featuring exquisitely hand-embroidered flowers and leaves. Capturing the fresh beauty of a Spring rain shower, the Rain Shadow design is inspired by the sun's rays on falling leaves in the rain and the play of light in its reflection. Both contemporary and classic, these linen cushions have been crafted in subtle green or blue colourways.