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The Oswin Project: The Café that Changes Lives

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How can a cup of coffee change someone’s life?

Café 16 in Newcastle might look like an ordinary café, but it’s impact is truly life-changing. Part of The Oswin Project and staffed by prison leavers, the cafe offers mentorship, training and employment to help reduce reoffending and empowers those with a criminal record to make different choices.


In this episode, Sam Quek meets the inspirational Fiona Sample, leading mind behind Cafe 16. Plus, she also chats with some of those who worked at the café to understand the complexity behind why people end up in prison, the challenges they face when they get out, and hears how the project provides practical skills and a thorough support system for long-term change.


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