About the Jailhouse Cafes
We exist to reduce reoffending and we have had over 130 prisoners on day release placed at the Jailhouse Café The Verne since it started in Nov 2011. The trainer from Weston College provides the training and assessment. Some men gain qualifications in catering and others general work experience. At Jailhouse Café Guys Marsh which is still in its early stages all the men start their training in the prison kitchen.
We want our customers to enjoy good affordable café food and experience efficient friendly service . We also want them to see that the men are working hard to improve their future prospects and make it more likely that they will lead useful lives after release.
The men working in the gardens at Jailhouse Café The Verne have built raised beds and we are now using produce from them in the café. Jailhouse Café Guys Marsh has more gardens and plans to sell plants and garden produce.
We also have a range of merchandise including chutneys that are made in the café, and mugs, tshirts and bags that help publicise the project. We are very grateful to customers who carry our bags and wear our shirts and you can see some of them on our Facebook page.