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Antalis helps to rehabilitate young offenders

Antalis helps to rehabilitate young offenders

HMYOI Aylesbury, a long-term young offenders’ institution, which houses young adult males serving the longest prison sentences, has a visionary approach to rehabilitation.

It firmly believes that the education of prisoners is a vital component of their incarceration if they are to be fully rehabilitated before their eventual release. To help facilitate the delivery of practical skills the institution has created a real working sign shop where staff can teach prisoners the ‘art of signmaking’. It uses this not only to coach the offenders in a useful skill that might help them to transform their future employment prospects, but also to put their work to good use by refurbishing elements of the prison itself, including the prison signage.

Antalis is an established supplier of the prison service, which uses many different products from its print and visual communications substrate range. Accordingly, HMYOI Aylesbury approached the Antalis team of hardware development managers, which is dedicated to helping sign and print companies to make the most appropriate hardware investments, for advice.

Antalis has several hardware partnerships that are designed to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ offer for all large format needs. Offering access to the world’s leading manufacturers, Antalis can offer a truly consultative approach that ensures that companies have the most suitable solutions for both their production requirements and their budgets.

Following an initial brief, Antalis made in-depth recommendations, which were accepted, before establishing a fully working ‘Sign Workshop’ within the prison, including the latest printing, cutting and laminating hardware, plus wall and bench mounted media cutters and media storage solutions.

This was all supplied and installed by Antalis’s partner, Preston-based Granthams Graphic Technology, which is an authorised Mimaki reseller. Granthams, a family business that is renowned for the high level of support it offers, was chosen for this project because of its excellent industry-wide reputation.

Following installation, Antalis’s large format print media experts were on hand to advise on the best media choices for the applications being produced.

Commenting on the workshop project, Kevin Johnson, the Head of Printing for the Prison Service, said: “Antalis listened to, and shared, our vision for a real working environment within the prison and provided a free consultation that extended right the way through the workflow, including advice on design software, PC’s, RIPs, laminators, cutting and finishing, as well as the environment in which the systems would be used.”

He continued: “The workshop is designed for offenders to produce signage, for the wider prison sector as well as HMYOI, and the equipment installed enables us to produce all types of display graphics, labels and signage, together with the capability to cut and finish aluminium, foam PVC panels and the application of cut vinyl graphics. Additionally, on a very human level, it provides prisoners, who want to learn, the opportunity to develop vital new skills”.

Paul Duffy, Hardware Development Manager at Antalis UK, added: “We are delighted to have worked with HMYOI Aylesbury’s team to set up this workshop. The project took three months from the initial brief through to final installation. Kevin and the team at HMYOI Aylesbury are forward thinking in their approach to rehabilitation and we share their passion to improve the prospects of offenders through projects such as this that use the latest technology.”

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