What we do

Open Gates will support prisoners and ex-prisoners through an employment and training programme with the aim of reducing re-offending and stopping the revolving door back into prison. Individuals who have managed to break the cycle will use their experience to mentor and support other offenders to do the same. Operating as a social enterprise, the organisation will manufacture, recycle, and upcycle furniture and white goods and sell to the general public.

Rebuilding people

We have a long track record in changing the lives of offenders by providing a positive and rewarding experience through training and employment

House clearance on retail

We have a retail operation in Dumbarton road linked to our house clearance and renovation business based in our Warehouse.

Rehabilitation

We take people who have been institutionalised and turn their lives around. We recognise that this is not an easy task and requires dedication and support

vocational training

We provide vocational based training across a range of subjects with a view to transitioning our staff into full time employment

About

Open Gates will support prisoners and ex-prisoners through an employment and training programme with the aim of reducing re-offending and stopping the revolving door back into prison. Individuals who have managed to break the cycle will use their experience to mentor and support other offenders to do the same. Operating as a social enterprise, the organisation will manufacture, recycle, and upcycle furniture and white goods and sell to the general public.
Open Gates will support prisoners and ex-prisoners through an employment and training programme.

Open Gates will support prisoners and ex-prisoners through an employment and training programme with the aim of reducing re-offending and stopping the revolving door back into prison. Individuals who have managed to break the cycle will use their experience to mentor and support other offenders to do the same. Operating as a social enterprise, the organisation will manufacture, recycle, and upcycle furniture and white goods and sell to the general public. The initiative was gifted a former industrial bakery building by Scottish Canals and they have made the most of that generosity. The building itself is huge and the venture expansive. What you need to know is that it’s a team effort in here. I’m not daft, I had a vision for in here but every single person that’s come through here has done just as much work as I’ve done in the time that they were here. The restoration of the furniture that will be sold to the public directly parallels the futures of those doing the restoring.

  • RE-OFFENDING RATE
  • SUCCESSFUL RENOVATIONS
  • FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
  • PROJECTS COMPLETED ON TIME

Opengates team

We have some great people both full time and as part of our board of directors
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Pat Clark

Project Manager
Pat has been involved with Opengates since it’s inception and is committed to making a difference to the futures involved in the project and to build a vibrant and growing support organisation.
Pat has been involved with Opengates since it’s inception and is committed to making a difference to the futures involved in the project and to build a vibrant and growing support organisation.

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