New Prisons and Rehabilitation Minister Jeremy Wright today attended the
opening of The Clink Cymru restaurant outside HMP Cardiff.
Prisoners from Cardiff and Prescoed prisons will be working in the newly
refurbished restaurant, where offenders will gain a range of hospitality related
qualifications whilst experiencing a real work environment.
Jeremy Wright said:
'We are determined to cut reoffending rates by giving offenders the skills
and the work ethic they need to find employment on release from custody.
'I'm genuinely impressed by what I've seen here today. The Clink is an
excellent example of how we are encouraging meaningful work and training in
prisons so offenders are given what they need to address the issues that brought
them to custody and are equipped to make positive changes.'
The first Clink Restaurant, at HMP High Down, opened in May 2009. Both
restaurants positively promote the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners
and also champion the wealth of quality, fresh and organic produce available
Richard Booty, Governor of HMP Cardiff, said:
'This partnership will help us deliver an employment-based scheme to get
prisoners work-ready and prepared for released. We are working in partnership
with The Clink charity and HMP Prescoed to ensure this opportunity is widely
available to prisoners in Wales. The experience of working at The Clink will
provide offenders with the skills and attitudes that will help them choose a
different direction in life.'