Our prisons are filled with some of the neediest people, often trapped in a cycle of poverty living a life of crime. We want to work together to deliver and change this.
BLAST actively chooses to work with those whom society has cast off. Instead of sending them back out to commit more crime, BLAST works to develop people’s skills, in turn challenging them to maintain high standards in their lives.
As a Christian organisation, BLAST wants them to see God’s love in action; seeing men and women who have only known a life of crime transformed, leaving their old life behind to start a new life and never returning to prison.
BLAST envisages that transformation will not only take place in the hearts and minds of student prisoners but in their families, prison officers, mentors and others involved with this project.
The BLAST Foundation and our BLASThrough Programmes were inspired by a highly successful initiative running in Texas, run by PEP (The Prison Entrepreneurship Programme). PEP's programme has achieved significant reductions in return-to-prison rates from 67% to less than 5%, achieved over seven years. Of the 850 students completing PEP’s programme, less that 2% return to prison post-graduation.
British Prison Stats…
• July 2010 – Prison Population = 85,074 (1993 44,628)
• Cost per prisoner in 2010 = £45,000 pa
• Cost per prisoner in 2003 = £28,300 pa
• 75% of prisoners state that having a job will stop them re-offending…
Get involved and partner with us to bring about change in the resettlement of prisoners and ex-offenders.
Before asking offenders to change their outlook and values, as providers, we first examined our own core values.
Blast is blessed with several teams of dedicated supporters who work hard to enable us to fulfil our mission.