What Handmade Alliance does

With a learning programme in textiles, merchandising and retail, we provide meaningful activity and training for prisoners during imprisonment, and a period of work experience/employment (including further training and pastoral care) on release, where this can dramatically reduce re-offending rates.

Services we offer:

  • Vocational training and creative workshops
  • Manufacture of textile goods for British designers
  • Creating our own product range
  • Work-experience and employment opportunities

Where we are based

Our creative and manufacturing activities are centred in an enterprise ‘hub’ (in London’s King’s Cross) with opportunities for training and engagement/employment with other social enterprises in the York House Group. We also have strong links with local community associations and with businesses.

Who we work with

In our work with prisoners and ex-offenders, our location is perfect for all the London resettlement prisons (and we are currently engaged with Brixton, Wormwood Scrubs, Holloway), as we can work within the prisons as well as to welcome day-release candidates.

We are also engaged by a chosen selection of British designers, to make their products so that the objects being made by prisoners and ex-offenders are interesting to work on, of high creative merit, and have a direct link with the maker as ‘ethical trading’ products.

Self-sustaining through trade and training revenue

The income from our teaching, making-up and textiles production means that we can become progressively more self-supporting over time.