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H.M. Pasties need your vote!

Charlotte Anderson   |   April 10th 2019   |   3 minute read



NCASS members H.M. Pasties is a Groundwork MSSTT initiative, which focuses on providing educational and training facilities to people with convictions. Headed by Lee Wakeman, the team create handmade, traditional pasties which are made using beef from the 120 acre farm in HMP Kirkham, Lancashire.

By sourcing their ingredients from HMP Kirkham, Lee and his colleagues ensure that both opportunities for training and employment are increased within the prison whilst also guaranteeing the quality of the final product which contains high-quality, locally produced beef.

HM Pasties now need our support to increase their reach; over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record and subsequently experience difficulties in finding work – particularly those who have served custodial sentences. Groundwork is passionate about preventing reoffending and both research and experience show that secure, stable employment helps to break the cycle of reoffending:

I came up with the idea of H.M Pasties whilst working as a resettlement worker where I saw how difficult it was to find sustainable employment for people once they we’re released from prison. Finding work was tough, sustaining employment was even harder. I wanted to create something that would help to bridge the gap between being in prison and the pressure and expectation that comes with full time employment.”

Lee has been making pasties for 20 years and saw a gap in the market in Manchester and felt sure that this, combined with a ‘genuine skills shortage’ in the industry could lessen the problems faced by those with convictions.

If Lee and his colleagues secure the funding from People’s Project (having achieved the highest number of votes,) then the money will go towards funding a production kitchen. H.M. Pasties will also offer kitchen spaces at affordable rates for ex-offenders who are interested in establishing their own food business; working with them to develop a business plan with a view to taking their project to market.

To vote for HM. Pasties and this incredible cause, please head to

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