Message from Founder


Having spent over 30 years setting up different charities to work with some of the most disaffected people in Britain, I feel that Key4Life is a highly effective integrated model delivering life-changing results. 


Key4Life is celebrating its 5th Anniversary and has built a reputation for delivering effective rehabilitation programmes for young men in prison and those at risk of going to prison. To date, we have completed six prison programmes in London and the South West, alongside two preventative 'At Risk' programmes in Somerset, with the support of the Police and Councils across the county, alongside a successful pilot 'At Risk' London programme.


We are delighted to announce that this summer we commenced the first-ever residential programme at HMP Guys Marsh, in Dorset, in a designated wing in the prison. Key4Life is very much embedded in the Governor's strategy to turn the prison around over the next two to three years.


Key4Life has seen extraordinary success with our latest results:

• We have a reoffending rate of just 14% compared to national average for 64% one-year post release and 61% in sustained employment - 4 times the national average.

• Moreover, from an economic point of view, our independent research shows that for every £1 invested, Key4Life generates £17.06 in social value over three years through economic benefits, human capital gains, avoided Exchequer costs and wellbeing improvements among programme participants.  This equates to Key4Life generating £6.13m in social value to date.

• It costs £5,000 to put a young person through the Key4Life Programme, while it costs the tax payer £37,000 to keep one young offender in prison for a year.  


Key4Life’s 7-step model is tackling the root causes and not just the symptoms of re-offending. Our independent research study has highlighted the notable impact of Key4Life in developing emotional resilience and employability skills.  


We are delighted with the ever-increasing movement of companies engaging with the Charity and are hugely grateful to Sir Mike Rake, Chairman of BT Group and Patron of Key4Life, for tirelessly challenging corporate Britain to help these young men onto a new path through mentoring, work tasters, and ultimately to assist them in finding and sustaining long-term employment in order to create a new future.  


We are confident that we now have the beginning on an evidence-base to scale up our model and encourage you to join the movement and our #WhatIf campaign -





Key4Life is:

  • A new social venture and charity creating innovative solutions to help reduce youth offending and gang warfare
  • A coalition of world class organisations representing the financial, creative, music, rural, social and criminal justice industries
  • A programme to rehabilitate young people pre and post release through:



  • Equine therapy – in the prison and outside
  • Group and one-to-one emotional and behavioural management programmes
  • Music therapy, working with Universal Music and their artists
  • Introduction and preparation to the world of work
  • Meet with the family



  • Mentoring for up to one year including life skills and action plans
  • Opportunities for training, apprenticeships and employment through our Work Taster scheme
  • Families and local communities engagement programmes
  • Rural residentials


Family Work

We believe it is important to work with the young person’s family in their rehabilitation back into the outside world through:

  • Contact with family or next of kin
  • Broker between family & social services or employers when necessary
  • Opportunity to invite family members to Key4Life events to showcase the achievements of the young people   

This fulfils a number of roles:

  • Reassurance & support to the family
  • Helping with problems & providing an insight to both the family & Key4Life team
  • Brings pride to the family
  • Helps the wider community


Mother of Key4Life Participant, HMP/YOI Isis Programme, London

“Key4Life has been incredibly supportive and has always been there for both my son and I. It is amazing to see what Key4Life has done with him - reaching out to him, being there, help with his job. At times when I was unable to help Key4Life was there. It would be great if there were more people about like Key4Life. I am incredibly grateful.”


Lord German OBE, Member of the House of Lords

“There are some wonderful examples of good practice: Key4Life based in Somerset developing emotional resilience and employment skills.”


Key4Life work is underpinned by ongoing independent qualitative research that is being carried out by The People Partnership. 



Supported by the Lovington Foundation