Locked Up for Good!
On 21 June, some of Mosaic’s most senior supporters spent a day behind bars to raise money and awareness as part of the InsideOut appeal to support Mosaic’s prison mentoring programme. Delegates were given an insight into what it is like to be imprisoned and the opportunity to raise awareness and financial support for the programme.
The ‘Day in the Cells’ event was organised as part of Islamic Relief’s InsideOut appeal to raise funding support for Mosaic’s programme of support and mentoring opportunities to Muslim prisoners around the vulnerable period of transition from custody back into community. The programme runs in London, the Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire, supporting young offenders at the end of their custodial sentence with a trained mentor to help them back into society and, particularly, the workplace.
The event, appropriately named OutsideIn, took place at HMP & YOI Chelmsford in Essex and was attended by:
- Dr Kameel Khan – Tax Court Judge and Mosaic Board member
- Sir Tom Shebbeare – Director of Charities to HRH The Prince of Wales
- Jehangir Malik – Islamic Relief UK Director
- Mahmoud Atalla – Head of HSBC Private Equity
- Khalid Sharif – Founder of Ummah Foods
- Bulbul Ali – Senior Land & Development Manager for London & Quadrant Housing Trust
- Stephen Howard – Chief Executive Business in the Community
- Jonathan Freeman – National Director, Mosaic
Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic, said: “Research has shown that mentoring makes a huge difference to the lives of ex-offenders and it is fantastic to see such an impressive group of delegates rally together to raise funds and support for this programme that shows young offenders they too can turn their lives around and fulfil their potential.”
The day provided the delegates with a unique opportunity that highlighted the pressures on a prison, but also gave them a real experience of prison life for inmates. The highlight of the day was a true-to-life experience of being locked up in a cell, which proved to be an unnerving wake-up call for most delegates. Dr Kameel Khan, Tax Court Judge and Mosaic Board member, said: “Spending time in a prison has been an eye-opening experience and gave me a real insight into how Mosaic’s work supports some of society’s most vulnerable individuals.”
The experience emphasised the real need for programmes like Mosaic Prison Mentoring and the InsideOut Appeal. Jehangir Malik, Islamic Relief’s UK Director, said: “In these difficult financial times, such efforts are needed more than ever and organisations like Mosaic and Islamic Relief have to work more closely in partnership to maximise resources in order to deliver high quality work. This is exactly the sort of joined up, partnership working that can deliver real change to vulnerable communities.”
The InsideOut Appeal
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