One by one
What it is
Reformed Foundation has been operating as a community Interest Company for over two years. We take pride in the fact that we are one of the leading services in rehabilitation for ex offenders and anti gang mentorship.
In 2015 Reformed Foundation was contacted by HMP Belmarsh to create and facilitate strategies to tackle their rising gang feuds between the inmates. Together with the prison staff and a choice of eight ‘high profile’ specially selected inmates, we decided to develop a mentorship and mediation program.
HMP Belmarsh and Reformed Foundation joined forces to implement the initiative, leading it to the name of One Postcode, derived from the inmates themselves. Gang associated members in the prison were approached to oppose postcode rivalry and engage in the one postcode concept. The program is very successful and is continuing to expand. One postcode mentoring, challenges gang involvement and promotes peace and unity between gang members or anyone who does not want to be part of a gang or associated with one.
The successes of the project swayed it into the direction of a ‘movement’ with the adaptability to suit any prison. However, there was an underlying issue that impacted directly on the one postcode concept. This was identified as a need within the community. Reformed Foundation recognised the gap and impacts of gang culture in the communities which evidently impacts the gang culture within the prison.
With this need identified and standing as a potential barrier we decided to bring One Postcode into the community as a campaign brand against gangs. Taking part in this movement by supporting us and wearing our brand is a message of non involvement. It represents and sends out a message that “I am not part of a gang”.
We think there is a wealth of youth who want to be identified of having no gang involvement and are sick of the stigma attached to them by society of gang culture. The bigger the message generates more power to making a tangible change and breaking the cycle of youth gang involvement and association. One postcode is an inclusive brand and also wants to support those that are linked to gangs through geographical location.
We also support and offer entrepreneurship opportunities through our brand in partnership with Reformed Foundation our sister company. Profits from sales of our merchandise will go towards projects supporting victims of gang violence and programs supporting youth at risk of offending.
“Belmarsh prisoners wanted to start a new project to deal with gangs and gang culture. To try and stop the gang fighting while in custody and hence wanted them all to live under One Post Code, that of Belmarsh. Freddie and his team agreed to deliver this training to the prisoners, to become mentors and lead the project forward. Freddie had to change the training package to meet our needs and did so quickly and to a perfect standard for us. The training took place over a week and all the prisoners loved it. They felt empowered and had skills to deal with prisoners in gangs who wanted to live violent free while in custody.
Due to the extent of the training, the support and advise offered to the lads by Freddie and his team after training, the lads have taken this new project forward and it is becoming a real success in Belmarsh.
We could not have done this without Freddie and his team and we look forward to him returning and training up a fresh group who have signed up to the One Post Code and they can help promote a violent free environment to live in and hopefully take this thought process away with them either on release or into other establishments. Thank you so much Freddie and team.”
Beverley Clark (Governor, Safer Custody HMP Belmash)
"...since Reformed Foundation trained up our One Postcode Mentors, we have facilitated over 30 successful non violent gang conflict resolutions, also violence, including assaults on staff have dropped to a minimum (although we don't have direct evidence to say it's because of the One Postcode) We are very happy with the progress we are making thanks to you guys."
Steve Branch (Safer Custody Officer HMP Belmarsh).