In December, Anthony Joshua, MBE, visited the young men at HMYOI Aylesbury to hear their stories and share some words of encouragement. Laura Boyle, HMYOI Aylesbury’s Acting Head of Reducing Re-offending, said: “Mr Joshua’s team approached us and said that Anthony would like to take time to meet...
Roastery at HMYOI Aylesbury
Fantastic article in Caffeine Magazine detailing the Redemption Roasters project at HMYOI Aylesbury. We are thrilled that some of our mentees have been successful in working within the roastery and securing employment upon release. Full article can be found at: https://www.redemptionroasters....
John & John Shepherd outisde the BBC studios
John a Wandsworth Mentor, Barry his Mentee and John Shepherd our CEO were thrilled to be invited onto the Victoria Derbyshire Live show on 6 December to discuss breaking the cycle of youth offending.
We are excited to have started looking at possible ways to collaborate with Redemption Roasters. They were approached by the Ministry of Justice to help address the state of reoffending by running a roastery and barista training centre at HMYOI Aylesbury. As part of their mission to help young...
The Right Course is a new initiative, which seeks to transform staff restaurants in prisons into high street like businesses using existing facilities and equipment and at no cost to the tax payers. The restaurants will be run by prisoners for the benefit of all in the prison system. Launched...
We are all Human is the UK’s annual national showcase of arts by prisoners, ex-offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. This year's was the ninth exhibition in an ongoing partnership between the Koestler Trust and the Southbank Centre. The show was...
“Mentoring is often an under publicised intervention in supporting young people. One to one support and guidance offered through the mentoring scheme has a real impact on allowing offenders to develop a sense of identity and consider alternatives to previous lifestyle choices. Pro-social modelling...
If I could tell you just one thing
We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the five mentoring and social inclusion charities to benefit from the sale of Richard Reed's new book published by Canongate. If I Could Tell You Just One Thing...: Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice is officially...
Team London 2016 Award
We are thrilled to announce that on 1 November 2016, at the annual Team London 2016 awards for volunteers, sponsored by the Mayor of London’s office, Trailblazers Mentoring Ltd were chosen for the prestigious team award in the Mentoring and Coaching category. The Team London Awards recognise...
Trailblazers is delighted to have been awarded a 3 year Reaching Communities grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The project will aim to help young offenders to resettle in their communities (promoting social inclusion) and desist from re-offending by delivering volunteer-led mentoring both in custody...

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Lord Ramsbotham
Lord Ramsbotham
Our Patron
David Ramsbotham, Baron Ramsbotham GCB, CBE is a retired British Army officer, who later served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons from 1995 to 2001. He was awarded his life peerage in 2005 and now sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords. He is President of the Koestler Awards scheme and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs; he is President of UNLOCK and an Ambassador for the charity, The Prison Advice and Care Trust; he is a trustee and President of the Institute of Food, Brain and Behaviour; he is a Patron of Prisoners Abroad, a charity that supports the welfare of Britons imprisoned overseas and their families, and Prisoners Education Trust, a charity that supports serving prisoners through a range of academic, creative and vocational distance learning courses whilst inside; he is a Patron of the African Prisons Project, an international non-governmental organisation; he is President of the charity PTSD Resolution, which provides treatment to Veterans with post-traumatic stress through its UK-wide network of 200 therapists; he is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties and of the Criminal Justice and Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group and also Chairman of the Cross Party Group on Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice