I met these women whilst researching female offenders and those at risk of offending in 2009. They may never have been in HMP Styal, or even offended, but very kindly gave permission for me to take and use this photo.

Coaching Inside and Out challenges and supports people convicted of offences, or at risk of offending, through life coaching. It also encourages others to provide and commission coaching.

Clients realise their strengths and improve their lives and the lives of others with techniques used by business leaders. The charity questions assumptions about people’s potential to change and works with clients as humans looking to the future, not as offenders dwelling on the past. Coaching helps clients get to the root of their problems, beliefs and hopes to unlock their potential, for the benefit of us all.

Our clients’ stories prove the dramatic impact coaching can have:

“If I’d had coaching earlier I think it would have stopped me coming to prison. I think it would have saved my life – it has saved my life.”

“It’s changed my opinions and views of how I have seen myself and what I need to do to change.”

Since 2010 the charity has inspired sustainable change with more than 700 men, women and young people in prison and the community. Clients have reduced the harm they do to others and to themselves, taken up education, got jobs and set up businesses. Many have also gone on to volunteer and help others in turn.

Read more about coaching with Coaching Inside and Out (CIAO).