Review of the Clink Charity Ball 2016


Following a fantastic night at the Lancaster London, OlassJobs would like to thank the Clink Charity for all of the great work they do for prisoner rehabilitation.


The team at OlassJobs were lucky enough to attend The Clink Ball last Friday and are pleased to report we had a thoroughly enjoyable time!


The event was organized by prisoner rehabilitation initiative, The Clink Charity and took place at the Lancaster London hotel. This was a great opportunity for attendees to experience the fruits of the charity’s labour first hand. The Clink Charity works to reduce the reoffending rates of ex-offenders, through the provision of accredited City & Guilds NVQ training and assessment in food preparation and food service.


The Clink’s Executive Head Chef, Ben Purton, worked alongside graduates from its prisoner training programmes, and young people from homelessness charity CentrePoint to devise and produce the four course menu for the ball, and what a menu it was!


In addition to being presented with canapés created from the Clink’s new canapé cookbook on arrival, we were lucky enough to be served up a trio of salmon to start, a second course of butternut squash risotto, lamb for mains and an apple mousse with lime meringues and salted caramel ice cream for dessert. Each course was more delicious than the last and presented with great care and attention.


The menu incorporated locally sourced produce, including meat from HM prison farms, and vegetables and herbs from the Clink gardens at HMP Send. All of the accompanying bread rolls were freshly baked by HMP Brixton prison’s Bad Boys Bakery, which helps to train prisoners in bakery skills.


Aside from getting to enjoy the carefully prepared food, attending the Clink Ball gave guests the chance to hear a bit more about the origins of the Clink Charity from the creator himself, Al Crisci.


We also heard from a graduate of the Clink programme. He spoke about the positive experience he had had working with the Clink and how though it quickly became apparent that working in the kitchen wasn’t for him, he was given the opportunity to work front of house and do bar work through a work experience programme at RADA. It was whilst working at RADA that he got a chance to watch some of the student plays and felt something click. He went on to audition for drama school and was accepted into RADA. He praised the Clink for the work they do and thanked them for the influence they had had on his life.


The first Clink Ball at the Lancaster London was a definite success. 400 people were present to enjoy the great food and music and most importantly over £50,000 was raised through ticket sales, auctions and raffles. All profits will be re-invested into the charity’s work.

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