H.M.Pasties was set up by Lee Wakeham, an ex-offender and Groundwork Employment Coach, with the aim to ‘bring out the good inside’ by employing ex-offenders to make and sell delicious handmade Cornish-style pasties.
Inspired by the success of Bad Boys Bakery, The Barker Baker and the Clink Charity; who now boast a 41% reduction in reoffending for people involved in the bakery, H.M.Pasties was born in 2018 by the not-for-profit organisation, Groundwork and with support from the Big Lottery Fund, Forward Trust and the Santander Foundation.
With over 10.5 million people in the UK holding a criminal record many face huge difficulties in gaining employment post sentence due to the stigma that surrounds it.
Groundwork wants to stop talent and lives from being wasted. They are passionate about helping those who feel left behind to find fulfilling work in order to enhance their wellbeing and help them feel part of a thriving local community. By offering a transitional employment programme which provides training and support ex-offenders can become ready for the world of work, making long term employment a reality.
H.M.Pasties was created to supply high quality, handmade traditional pasties to customers across Greater Manchester and add real social benefit.
This is achieved by not only sourcing ingredients from the Prison Estate but also by employing people with convictions in the manufacture, sales and distribution of the pasties whilst simultaneously offering peer mentoring support to enable them to build new careers and live a life free of crime.
Dignity, self-respect and a stable income are crucial to preventing reoffending, and securing employment is the key to achieving those goals.
Groundwork has a long track record in helping ex-offenders gain the confidence, skills and experience necessary to move into stable employment, breaking the cycle of reoffending. H.M.Pasties is the latest addition to Groundwork’s successful suite of employment initiatives which include Blue Sky Landscaping and Operation Re:ORG.
The Santander Foundation have provided Discovery Grant funding for H.M.Pasties to purchase essential bakery equipment.
The Forward Trust is a charitable fund which helps to support social enterprises across the country. Their generous donation in 2018, along with a public crowd funding campaign, allowed for the purchase of a new catering van.
If you’re working with an ex-offender looking for an opportunity to gain new skills and build confidence in the catering industry please get in touch to discuss job opportunities.