Criminal Justice Charity, Clean Sheet, wins the Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Clean Sheet has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise!

Clean Sheet is one of 226 organisations nationally to be recognised with this prestigious award.

Announced today (Thursday 21st April 2022), Clean Sheet has been recognised for its excellence in promoting opportunity through social mobility and is one of only nine winners in this category.

Founded in 2010, Clean Sheet is a national Criminal Justice Charity which changes lives and reduces reoffending by helping people with convictions to find work.

It partners with over 100 employers to open up job opportunities to Clean Sheet Members (people with convictions). It also provides 12 months post-employment support and check-in to help with long-term sustainability.

Over the five years measured by this award, Clean Sheet helped 976 people with convictions to find work. In addition, 85 people progressed into Further Education, two into Higher Education and 58 people started their own businesses.

Speaking about the award, Chief Operating Officer, Samantha Graham, said:

We are absolutely thrilled to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise! Helping people to move forward positively after prison so that they don’t go on to reoffend or go back to prison is a win for everyone – it breaks the cycle of reoffending and helps to create a safer society. Every day we help to change lives and create social change and this is a real privilege, even though there are many setbacks that Clean Sheet Members have to overcome to find work. Our team shows incredible determination and care and we are so pleased that this hard work has been recognised by this award.

Now in its 56th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning organisations able to use the esteemed Queen’s Award Emblem for the next five years.