Switchback


The Goldsmiths' Company is proud to support Switchback, an award-winning charity helping young Londoners to find a way out of the justice system and make real-lasting change in their lives.


The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity is proud to be supporting the Switchback Initiative.  

Switchback is an award-winning charity helping young Londoners to find a way out of the justice system and make real-lasting change in their lives. By providing intensive one-to-one support either side of the prison gate alongside real-work training after release, they support 18-30 year-old men (Trainees) to build a stable life they can be proud of. 

The Switchback model is centred on a meaningful relationship between Switchback Mentor and Trainee, beginning in prison and lasting as long as it takes. Switchback Mentors work with the same person in prison and in the community, offering them the continuity, support and opportunities they need to make positive change happen for themselves in the immediate and long term.  

Switchback challenge and encourage Trainees to take control and build stability across all areas of life, spanning 10 Switchback Pathways from housing to health. By combining consistent 1-to-1 support with training in a real work environment, Switchback enable Trainees to make a fundamental shift in their mindset and lifestyle. And it works; Switchback Trainees are six times less likely to reoffend than other offenders (9% v’s 49%).  

Building on 11 years of impact, Switchback work with others and share what they’ve learned to inspire change across the justice system and beyond. 

To read more about Switchback, visit their website here.