How The Longford Trust Changes Lives
Our annual Longford Lecture promotes fresh thinking about prison and associated social reform. The Longford Prize highlights organisations and individuals putting fresh thinking into practice. But our most measurable outcomes, or contribution to changing lives, comes when our Longford Scholars graduate and build successful careers – like Lee Cutter, pictured above with Sally Taylor of the Koestler Trust, at an exhibition of his recent work at Christie’s in London in November 2017.
85% Success Rate
In the 12 years of our scholarship programme, 80% of those we support graduate, join the workforce, and get on with their lives. A further 5% drop out mid-degree to take on jobs related to their degree studies. Fewer than 5% return to prison, against a 50% national rate for younger prisoners.
Among our recent graduates are stone-masons and barristers, university lecturers and IT consultants, garden designers and marine insurers, estate agents and upholsterers, counsellors and NHS technicians, church ministers and charity trustees…plus many more.
“The Longford Trust has provided me with the added support I needed in order to unlock my true potential.” Justin, current Longford Scholar (pictured above)