Unlocking potential: Key4Life scoops a national CSJ award 


Key4Life is thrilled to announce the charity’s achievements have been recognised by the Centre for Social Justice’s (CSJ) award for Education, Employment and Skills Award at a prestigious ceremony in London earlier this month.


Key4Life has honed its methods for mentoring, training and upskilling young offenders over the last five years and is now recording astonishing results. While nationally three in four young offenders re-offend two years post-release, among Key4Life participants, the figure is as low as 14%. One-year post release, nearly two thirds (64%) of participants are in employment compared to the national average of fewer than one in six (15%).

Key4Life’s success has resulted in the launch of a new prison programme at HMP Brixton and a groundbreaking gang crime preventative programme in West London, in association with the Metropolitan Police and Hammersmith and Fulham Council


Andy Cook, chief executive of the Centre for Social Justice commented:


“The support, choice and direction provided by Key4Life builds the foundations upon which young offenders can rebuild their lives. There are as many as 20,000 young people under 25 years old are in prison. It costs taxpayers £55,000 per year to imprison each young offender. It is in all our interests to get those numbers down. If Key4Life has unlocked the secret behind cutting re-offending, there is huge potential in rolling its model out nationwide and seeing those unacceptably high numbers fall.” 



The Centre for Social Justice, founded in 2004 by the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, seek effective solutions to the poverty that blights parts of Britain. The CSJ awards celebrate and reward the work of voluntary organisations who are not only helping people to turn their lives around but who are also implementing innovative ways to address and prevent the root causes of poverty. 


You can watch the CSJ short documentary on Key4Life here.