The Company announced the launch of the Tylers and Bricklayers Charity of the Year as part of the 450th Charter Anniversary celebrations.
Over the summer months the Trustees review a number of suggestions from Liverymen nominating small charities and put together three charities for consideration by Liverymen.
Liverymen attending Common Hall in February are asked to vote on their choice of charity. The selected charity is announced on the evening and goes forward to become the Tylers and Bricklayers Charity of the Year launching on Installation Day in October.
During the year the Company will arrange a number of fundraising events and hopes to make a substantial donation to the Charity at the end of the Livery year.
The Clink Charity
The Charity of the Year for the year 2017 to 2018 is The Clink Charity
The sole aim of The Clink Charity is to reduce reoffending rates of ex-offenders by training prisoners and placing graduates into employment in the hospitality and horticulture industries upon release.
Since launching in 2009 at HMP High Down Prison, Surrey, the charity has achieved excellent results from four training restaurants, two horticulture schemes and one event caterer. In 2015 they trained 188 prisoners and released 61 into employment. The rest continue with their training.
The restaurants offer a dining experience staffed by prisoners working towards City & Guilds NVQs in Food Preparation, Food Service and Customer Service. Clink Events cater for events for up to 1000 people. The Clink Gardens at HMP Send, Surrey gives female prisoners the opportunity to gain practical experience and nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQs in horticulture.