Only Connect is a charity intended to create a positive community for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and at-risk young people to help them find their value. They do this through six different programs across London that provide training, support, and creative opportunities. These programs not only help the people involved but are intended to provide contributions to London as a whole. Each program is specific and unique. OC Central is the Kings’ Cross members’ club for prisoners. OC Impact is the crime prevention project for London schools and youth centers. OC Create is the arts program that produces work created by ex-prisoners and at-risk youth. OC Inspire is the employment program for serving prisoners. Finally, My Gen is their youth and ex-offender program in North Kensington. Only Connect has “many missions but one vision” which is to help prisoners and ex-prisoners become assets to their community rather than liabilities. Only Connect wants to help them “create social value through their participation in positive projects and activities.”
Only Connect is a relatively new charity, founded in 2006, that is already making a huge impact on the London community. On November 7, they hosted an annual dinner in which London mayor Boris Johnson spoke. They are quickly gaining national support and funding. On November 19, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Only Connect offices and learn more about the projects and charities of the organization. Their visit will serve as a way to further elevate this up-and-coming charity and encourage the London community to get involved.