The Clink Charity
Names can be misleading. When you think of ‘The Clink’, what springs to mind? Probably not a group of restaurants and a charitable organisation. But, that’s what Chris Moore is running – a charity and accompanying restaurants that aim to reduce re-offending rates of ex-offenders.
Clink aims is to ensure that prisoners receive the support they need, while they are in prison and after release, as well as contributing to lowering re-offending rates.
The first Clink Restaurant opened at HMP High Down in 2009 and was the first public restaurant to open within a prison. Now up and running in four locations, the organisation aims to open a further ten restaurants by the end of 2017.
The Clink model will continue to be replicated across the prison estate, aiming to ‘release’ up to 50 Clink graduates a year. This will result in more than 500 qualified trainees being placed into the British hospitality industry each year. All the Clink restaurants hold the three star award from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and are also members of the Chaîne des Rotisseurs.
Since joining in 2010, Chris has focused on increasing awareness of the work of The Clink and the skills that are developed there, as well as securing support from the industry, finding the necessary funds for expansion and employment opportunities.