About the Programme

The Bell Foundation's Language for Change programme seeks to contribute to reducing the re-offending rates of ex-offenders and prisoners who have English as a Second Language through removal of the language barrier to rehabilitation.

We currently have five large scale delivery partnerships in place delivering the objectives of the Language for Change programme.

The programme aims to contribute to reducing the re-offending rates of ex-offenders and prisoners with English as a Second Language by supporting work which falls under either or both of the programme's core objectives:

  • Developing and trialling language based interventions for ex/offenders or those working with them which will help ex/offenders with English as a Second Language to better access education, employment and rehabilitation support.
  • Building and sharing knowledge about the impact of and removal of the language barrier to rehabilitation.

The Bell Foundation is an active member of the Prisoner Learning Alliance, an alliance of criminal justice sector organisations with an interest in prison education, which collaborates to achieve the best possible outcomes for prison learners. The Bell Foundation also co-convenes the Association for Charitable Foundation's Issue Based Network on Criminal Justice.

Although the call for proposals on the Language for Change programme has formally closed, we are always interested in hearing from organisations which can make significant, scalable and sustainable contributions to the objectives of the Language for Change programme. Please contact us at info@bell-foundation.org.uk