Information for Journalists

We are happy to help the media when we are able to and it is appropriate for us to do so. Members of the press should contact or on 07770 017368. We are a service delivery charity and are ideally placed to speak about frontline issues for people in the criminal justice system. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Support in prisons and for people leaving prison

  • Training and employment opportunities for ex-offenders

  • Gangs

  • Disadvantaged young people

  • Family support for people in the criminal justice system

St Giles Trust works in prisons and in the community to help ex-offenders and those at risk of offending – individuals in the most marginalised and disadvantaged situations – to move their lives forward. Please bear in mind that many of the people we support are under probationary supervision and will need clearance before they are allowed speak to the media. Therefore it is best to try and give us as much notice as possible if you are approaching us to try and speak to someone who has been in the criminal justice system.


Our Chief Executive Rob Owen is available for media interviews and can talk about our approach, wider strategy and comment on criminal justice policy where its affects our work. We are often contacted about issues to do with gangs. SOS Project Founder Junior Smart is our main spokesperson on this issue. Our approach is to train our clients to become skilled professionals known as Peer Advisors who are able to help others make positive changes in their lives. Several of them are willing to speak to the media about their own first-hand personal experience of life in the criminal justice system and the work they do with their clients. To request an interview with someone from St Giles Trust or find out more about our work please contact

Information about our services

We run services across the country in both prisons and in the community. More information on our services is available on our What We Do section here. Information on St Giles Trust’s history and how we were established is available here.

Evaluations into our work

We are committed to evaluating the impact of our services to ensure they are meeting the needs of our clients and providing good value. Find out more here.


We use stock imagery to denote most of our client-facing work. However, please contact us if you would like to discuss arranging photography of St Giles Trust’s work.

Help for students

Students – including student journalists - are advised to give us plenty of notice as we receive a large number of requests. Due to limited capacity we will not be able to meet every request we receive for interviews with staff members and clients. However, where we cannot provide this we will do our best to provide you with written case studies, briefings and information on other organisations to approach.