Community Service and Homeless Coming Together with Volunteers

It is with a touch of pride that I can report that Open Gates had a Christmas dinner for the homeless. “All good and well” I hear the voice of  goodwill calling in the background with compassion. But the story is a wee bit different when I tell you I was approached by Brogan (she […]

With a little help from our friends

In June 67 the Beatles released the song “With A Little Help From My Friends.” Last week I was overseeing our CPO men finish off the wall and fence we had been working on for the past few months and found myself humming the above tune. This project has been fully backed by The Triangle […]

It never rains but it pours!

Dear Board/Partners Thought I would just keep you up to speed regarding a couple of events that has happened this past week at the factory. The Flood Our new roof sprung a leak (7th June) big style, but the problem that caused the flooding was not the roofer’s workmanship; it was the 4 blocked guttering […]

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 […]