Chris Moore awarded Public Sector Award for his work at The Clink Charity

Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink CharityChris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity, was awarded the Public Sector Award at this year’s Cost Sector Catering Awards, held at the London Hilton Metropole on Thursday 9th April 2015.  Sponsored by Middleton Foods, the award was presented in recognition of Chris Moore’s work over the last five years with the charity. This accolade is the most recent in a long line for The Clink, which includes a Catey Award for Best Education and Training Programme and a Footprint Award for Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility.

Since the first Clink Restaurant launched in 2009 The Clink Charity has gone from strength to strength gaining national recognition for its innovative approach to rehabilitating prisoners and changing public perception surrounding ex-offenders through placing education and hands on work experience at the centre of the training programme.

Chris Moore was appointed as the chief executive of The Clink Charity in 2010 and has been integral in driving the concept forward and keeping the charity’s plans of having 10 training centres in operation in the UK by the end of 2017.

Commenting on his role within the charity Chris Moore said, “There are many challenges we face as a charitable initiative, from raising the funding required to build the restaurants to ensuring we operate in a secure environment, in partnership with HMPS, at all times. These challenges pale in comparison to the incredible success we have seen across the six Clink projects currently training prisoners across the prison estate.”

“My role at The Clink Charity is extremely rewarding and seeing the prisoners’ lives change for the better is ultimately why I took the position five years ago. They walk in apprehensive and walk out tall. Not only do the prisoners gain academic qualifications but they also gain confidence and learn to work as part of a team within a real working environment. The sole aim of The Clink is to reduce reoffending rates and although the award is for me I feel that I have collected it on behalf of the team that I lead.”

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