Glasshouse’s mission is to reduce re-offending rates and improve the life chances of women leaving prison. They achieve this by training inmates in the care of house plants and by employing them in their social enterprise shop and within the maintenance team when they are permitted to leave the prison premises on day release. Almost all of Glasshouse’s entire workforce is made up of serving or ex-inmates.
The training provided is primarily horticultural in relation to plants, however, they have also provided training in the areas of health and safety, floristry and photography. Receiving training, employment experience and support from The Glasshouse supports women offenders to transition back to life outside prison successfully.
In the lead-up to, and post-release from prison of each offender, Glasshouse also offers multiple support services including housing, employment, personal finance and probation guidance and resources. Glasshouse has a permanent team member trained in supporting those who have experienced trauma.
Investment from Postcode Innovation Trust, thanks to Players of People's Postcode Lottery, was used for marketing and PR initiatives to develop the sale of plants primarily to corporate clients, thus enabling them to offer more training, employment and support packages to more prisoners. Social investment was also used to buy two vehicles, which will support the provision of services to corporate clients.