OpenGates Video

Open Gates Glasgow Restoration of Furniture, Buildings and most importantly Restoration of People. Charity set up to help prevent prisoners re-offending, supported by the Deutsche Bank

New cafe opening

New cafe at Open Gates Work is picking up pace on the new café at Open Gates since planning was approved in summer 2015.  The plans to turn the Glasgow warehouse owned by Open Gates into a thriving community hub are now coming to fruition. A team of volunteers and inmates on their one year […]


It’s hard to avoid the obvious metaphor in the project led by Pat Clark, who helps a team of people to restore unwanted furniture. The notable thing is that they comprise serious criminal offenders, some of whom are serving time for murder. Now 66, Pat can identify with them, having spent the first half of his life in and out of prison. […]

Dave Crimmin

IT is an indistinguishable old bakery that used to be a skeletal ruin and now houses refurbished antiques and finely re-upholstered chairs. It has been restored mainly by men who committed murder a long time ago. There is no fence, no barbed wire, no security guard. These men are still serving life sentences, but as […]