Helping offenders prepare for life after prison
Education is a powerful way to turn your life around. For prisoners, learning is often their best hope of rehabilitation. It’s proven to lower reoffending rates, as prisoners start to see a life beyond crime and gain the skills for real, purposeful work. However, there are two big obstacles – the difficulty of securing funding and the physical impossibility of walking into a traditional classroom.
The Open University is one of the few major universities that prisoners can study with, inside their cell. Through our courses, offenders take their first steps to re-entering society and living better lives.
With your support we can do far more, by providing scholarships for prisoners to help them become assets to their communities. We’ll also fund much-needed resources, like IT and learning mentors. Currently only 1 in 1,000 prisoners have the means to complete a level 3 course (equivalent to A-level study). When we give them support, their lives – and the lives of those around them – can change direction for good.