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We deliver prison optometry services and train prisoners in optical skills

Our mission is to help prisoners reform and turn their lives around by providing them with opportunities to work within the Optical Customer Services sector and produce life-changing products which positively impact the community.

Prisoners in Jobs

Spectacles Made

Eye Tests

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What We Do

We are dedicated to reducing re-offending by training prisoners in optical skills and helping them find paid work in the optics industry. In our first four years, we have helped over 40 prisoners secure employment.

Our Story

Tanjit Dosanjh is an Optometrist. In 2003, his father commenced a long prison sentence for a serious criminal offence. He visited his father regularly and quickly observed the lack of decent vocational training available to offenders. Tanjit completed his optometry degree in 2008. He was encouraged by news of an optical programme in California prisons where one optical lab in 1989 had grown to five labs, manufacturing over 400,000 spectacles for state health insurance companies. Several offenders have, since leaving prison, set up their own optical businesses and some have done further education to become qualified opticians.

Our Work

The Prison Opticians Trust has improved prison optician services by producing clinical guidelines and developing emergency eye care technology.

We are dedicated to reducing re-offending by training prisoners in optical skills and helping them find paid work in the optics industry. In our first four years, we have helped over 40 prisoners secure employment.

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If you are an Optical Practice you can support this initiative by stocking Liberty Glasses.

By offering our glasses to the general public we will create more jobs within our optical lab which will help us employ more prisoners directly.

Learn more about Liberty Glasses

 

Get Involved

Call 01622 220448 or Contact Us to get involved

Become A Mentor

We are looking for individuals to work with our trainees on a voluntary basis and provide assistance with completing applications, building a CV and developing interview skills amongst other duties.

Businesses

In order to meet workplace Health and Safety regulations, employers are required to pay for eye tests requested by staff who work with computers. We will come to your office, set up a mobile opticians practice for the day and carry out eye tests for your staff.

Become A Retailer

If you're an independent opticians, consider stocking our Liberty glasses, our own range of durable optical frames. We donate 100% of our profits to reducing re-offending. We provide selected prisoners with optical training and meaningful jobs, actively reducing re-offending.

Get in Touch

Have A Question or Comment About Our Work? Submit the form below.

Our mission is to help prisoners reform and turn their lives around by providing them with opportunities to work within the Optical Customer Services sector and produce life-changing products which positively impact the community.

The Prison Optician Trust
County House
35 Earl Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1PF
United Kingdom

01622 220448
info@prisonopticians.org