Charity helping to turn inmates lives around

HMP Doncaster Prison.
HMP Doncaster Prison.
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A charity that helps people with hidden disabilities is celebrating its first anniversary of working with inmates at a Doncaster prison.

The Cascade Foundation help people with hidden disabilities such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and people who have suffered head injuries and has been working at HMP Doncaster, Marshgate.

On September 16 they will be holding a year anniversary event to mark the milestone occasion.

Jackie Hewitt-Main, founder and project director of The Cascade Foundation, is currently leading the work in Doncaster Prison.

Over the past nine years, Jackie has helped hundreds of prisoners across the country with learning difficulties to learn to read and write, gain qualifications and make a new start.

Since the project started the charity has already seen impressive results.

A spokesman said: “In Doncaster Jackie’s learners have made great strides in their learning, achieving up to eight years’ progress in the past eight months.

“In her previous prison project, Jackie worked with over 400 prisoners and reduced the offending rate of her first project groups to 5.9 per cent compared to more than 70 per cent nationally.

“Within the six years since their release three of these prisoners had served more than 40 sentences each, and yet none of them has re-offended since their release from her project.

“She has dramatically reduced the assault rates across the whole prison to a fifth of the figures before, and after her project Jackie hopes to replicate these impressive outcomes in Doncaster.” The charity was launched in the House of Commons by the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling MP.