St Giles Trust

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St Giles Trust is a mid-sized, UK-based charity that works primarily with ex-offenders to help with training and equipping them for life beyond prison. The charity was founded in 1962[1] and the current chief executive is Rob Owen.[2]

St. Giles Trust works directly in prisons and in the greater community to help break the cycle of re-offending by providing a range of practical support services to both clients with convictions and those at risk of getting involved in the criminal justice system.

A key principle of St Giles Trust's work is using trained, reformed ex-offenders to provide services and support for other ex-offenders looking to change their lives. Around one third of St Giles Trust's workforce are ex-offenders.

Services Provided[edit]

St Giles Trust provides specialist services in the following areas:

  • Prison and community based training as part of their award-winning Peer Advisor Programme
  • Skills, education, training and employment support for ex-offenders and disadvantaged people
  • Specialist support for disadvantaged families, especially those involved with the criminal justice system
  • Preventative work with young people at risk of involvement in gangs and youth violence through their SOS Project
  • Supporting adults with complex needs such as health and homelessness by working with the NHS

Where They Work[edit]

St Giles Trust's head office is based in Camberwell, South London. Their work is based in prisons and communities across England and Wales. Additional offices are in North London, Leeds, Ipswich and Cardiff.


St Giles Trust was originally established in February 1962 as The Camberwell Samaritans. Based in the crypt of St Giles' Church, Camberwell, it provided emergency relief and support for the large number of homeless men in the area - a prevailing feature of Camberwell due to a number of local hostels and shelters, including the infamous Camberwell Spike. Over the decades its work evolved to focus on providing support in a day centre located in its current head offices in Georgian House, Camberwell Church Street. In the late 1990s, it embarked on providing a housing casework service in HMP Wandsworth to help the large number of men leaving this prison only to become homeless. In the early 2000s, St Giles Trust re-positioned itself as an offender charity in response to the changing profile of clients using its services. It developed its prison and community-based work to other areas outside the capital.


St Giles Trust has won many awards in recognition of its work including The Charity Awards 2009 and 2007,[3] The Third Sector Excellence Awards 2007,[4] The Butler Trust Awards 2009,[5] The Justice Awards 2009,[citation needed] The Centre for Social Justice Awards 2009 and the Andy Ludlow Awards 2007.[citation needed] It has also been included in the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For in 2009,[6] 2010[7] and 2011.[citation needed] In November 2014, Mona Morrison of St Giles Trust received the Highly Commended Longford Prize, in recognition of successful projects with youth gangs.


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