How it started

Walk started as a conversation between a prison chaplain and a prisoner. They saw men leaving prison full of hope, only to return disappointed and disillusioned as they fell through the large gap that existed between prison and ‘the real world’

We knew these men needed help, support and encouragement to transition successfully to life outside prison. A bridge needed to be built between the two worlds.

In 2013 we started building this bridge, finding safe accommodation and creating opportunities for men to volunteer, learn new skills and develop a new life.

We worked from kitchen tables and car boots, we did not always know where the money would come from. In August 2016 we became a registered CIO.

We believed we were doing the right thing, and we still believe it to this day. As we have walked forward God has provided the connections, the buildings, the work and finance.

Walk has grown from strength to strength, we have doubled our housing capacity, we have partnered with organisations in our city, and we have been invited into businesses, universities and churches to share and provide training about what we do.

Walk is growing, but we are not changing. We are still rooted in compassion and a deep commitment to the men we serve. We refuse to believe that a life of prison, homelessness or addiction is all there is, so we continue to offer housing, training, support, work and love to everyone connected to our charity. It is an exciting time. God is opening many doors.

Restoration and rehabilitation is the heart of our work and it always will be.

 

“There is truly nothing better for me than seeing a man from Walk  joining a church community, getting married, starting a family and becoming who he was created to be. No two journeys are alike, but each one is an incredible testimony of God’s goodness and grace.”  – Simon Edwards (CEO)

“WALK IS GROWING BUT NOT CHANGING”

“The gun they wanted to shoot me with jammed”

I was being taken into the woods to get shot, I had fallen out with people and they were going to kill me. I thought it was the end for me. The gun they wanted to shoot me with jammed, and if it had not I wouldn’t be here today, it’s as simple as that…