Employing ex-offenders in retail: prison visit


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HMP/YOI East Sutton Park
Workhouse Rd Sutton Valence
Maidstone ME17 3DF
Walgreens Boots Alliance and Business in the Community's Reducing Reoffending through Employment Network invites you to join us on a prison visit to HMP East Sutton to see how women from this prison are accessing experience and roles in retail.
  • Hear from Walgreens Boots Alliance about how it is successfully employing ex-offenders across its UK business and gain an insight into using release on temporary licence (ROTL) to support serving prisoners to re-enter the world of work
  • Speak with the women themselves about the experience they are gaining in retail in the local community
  • Find out how you can Ban the Box in your organisation and offer opportunities to talented women who are eager to turn their lives around through work once they have served their sentences
  • You'll also hear from the prison and charity partners about how they are supporting these women into work and the types of roles they are moving into on release
Who should attend
HR directors, deputy directors and managers
How to book
Please email jessica.rose@bitc.org.uk to request a place. Please note places are strictly limited and are expected to fill up fast.
Attendees are requested to arrive at the prison gates at 9.45am for a 10am start. For those travelling by train, the prison is providing transport from Headcorn Station at 9.35am.


Delegates go through security (please arrive promptly to allow time for this)


Tea and coffee with introductions from:

Robin Eldridge, HMP East Sutton Park

Jacquie Howell, Walgreens Boots Alliance


Jessica Rose, Campaign Manager, Business in the Community


Tour of prison and a chance to meet prisoners


Workshop session

Businesses will work in small groups with prisoners to understand their experience, skills and aspirations in the world of work and how businesses can help them to achieve this. Businesses to discuss real work opportunities on release and on ROTL.


Lunch (made and served by prisoners)


Reflections and next steps


Delegates depart