Prisoner - HMP Portland, courtesy of Andrew Aitchison, Prison Images.

The Hardman Trust helps people who have been in prison for a long time to get their lives back on track when released. What we do is very simple, and very effective.

We provide an award of up to £750, known as a Hardman Award, to help people achieve specific goals on release. We give the award at a ceremony, where, for maybe the first time in their lives, the recipients begin to believe in themselves.

The results are transformational. People, who might otherwise see no future, find work, support their families, and become valued members of their communities.

In the words of two award winners:

I’m writing to thank you for your grant. I don’t know how to put into words the gratitude that I feel towards you. As you know I am an ex-prisoner and the help you have…


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Thank you for your letter and also thank you for the award. To come all the way out here face to face to do the interview really meant a lot no matter what the outcome…


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