Focus: Corporate Responsibility - Side by side - St Giles Trust and Lloyd's Charities Trust

Lloyd's Charities Trust, an arm of the London insurance market, is supporting St Giles Trust's peer adviser scheme with a grant of £150,000.

The project enables the homelessness charity to train prisoners in advice and guidance so that they can support other, particularly short-term, inmates.

DIANE GAULT, HEAD OF FUNDRAISING, ST GILES TRUST

Why did you choose this partnership?

We applied to the trust for an education and training grant, but it was our prison work that caught its interest.

How do you benefit from it?

When we applied, we were working in only two prisons. The grant has enabled us to pilot the scheme in Kent, where we now employ a full-time trainer in six prisons.

Did you have any reservations?

None. It's always been very straightforward.

What are your plans for the future?

When Lloyd's hosted a reception for us in November, we were able to speak about our work and aims to a number of invited supporters and funders.

This has resulted in new opportunities for us - both the prison service and other funders have pledged us further help.

VICKY MIRFIN, COMMUNITY AFFAIRS MANAGER, LLOYD'S CHARITIES TRUST

Why did you choose this partnership?

The costs of crime are huge for business as well as for society, and some of this is picked up by the insurance market. We'd recently worked with a drugs and alcohol charity, but the St Giles annual report was forward-looking. Its prisoner project caught my eye.

How do you benefit from it?

We're proud of the association. Some of our staff work in Kent and can visit the prisons, which strengthens the connection.

Did you have any reservations?

We were worried that working with prisoners might raise eyebrows among our employees, but we felt this was a good project.

What are your plans for the future?

The November reception was a high point in our partnership, and we're looking forward to seeing this project unfold.

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