The South Central Celebration Event 2017 Takes Place At Special Venue
The awards ceremony took place at the Tap Social Movement, highlighting its links with HMP Spring Hill.
The awards ceremony took place on Friday 13th October. The venue was a far cry from the usual, consisting of comfy sofas and beer. The Tap Social Movement is a start-up business that grew out of a passion for good beer and social justice, and is a craft brewery which provides training courses for people serving prison sentences. It provides one-to-one support in securing permanent employment to assist in effect rehabilitation.
The guest list included Governors, prison staff, college staff, learners and learners families. The top three from each category were invited and all the nominations were read out. This was particularly moving, with tears shed by guests and the nominators.
Coffee was provided by Redemption Roasters who work with the young men in HMYOI Aylesbury. The mission is to help the young offenders successful reintegrate into society, and trains them in professional roasting and competition-level barista skills. Redemption Roasters creates specialty coffee in small batches for wholesale and retail customers, and also run a cafe for the prison community and visitors. Upon their release, the company helps the now ex-offenders to find work using their coffee industry contacts.
The food for the day was provided by the learners at Spring Hill, and the men were ROTL'd out to serve the lunch. The feedback from guests was fantastic, and to see the impact that all of the hard work has created is particularly humbling.