Makeright Design Academy


The award winning Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) at Central Saint Martins is looking for volunteers to mentor inmates who are learning design skills at HMP Thameside as part of their work with prison industries. The project is called ‘Makeright’ and the inmates are co-designing anti-theft bags.

DACRC are seeking to attract qualified designers and students, including those who are retired, who are able to give a minimum of one or two afternoons per week (12.30pm – 5pm), for 8 consecutive weeks starting in July 2016, to work with inmates at HMP Thameside.

We are looking for those with fashion, textile, product and other design experiences to facilitate the design and prototyping of bags working with inmates in HMP Thameside – sewing and construction skills will be useful!

The DACRC team will provide 2 days training in design facilitation techniques at the prison – one session before you start and a final debriefing session when you have completed the course. Volunteers will be given certification by DACRC upon completion of the course and can list this experience on their CV.


Design-based experience, but more importantly the role requires people who are good at listening and companioning others to be creative – and who can adhere to the requirements of the prison environment.

All offers are subject to passing security checks and clearance prior to joining the team.

If you are interested please send a 1 page CV (including details of a referee that we can contact) to by 15th May 2016.