3 Pillars Project constantly strives to better engage with young people in order to support
them to develop confidence and self-belief. As part of this we have undertaken mentoring
training, Mental Health First Aid and developed a trauma-informed approach to our
3 Pillars are continually developing our understanding of issues that affect prisoners.
According to Gorczynski (2016), “many of the physical, psychological and social health
needs of LGBT prisoners are neglected”. We already understand that mental health is an
issue that affects many prisoners, and we are aware of the conditions that prisons create
which can exacerbate this for the LGBT community: incidents of homophobia, biphobia and
transphobia are common. Many individuals fear being discriminated against and intimidated
and being the victims of physical and sexual violence. Following on from this 3 Pillars
Project attended a ‘LGBT Sexuality and Gender Awareness’ training workshop hosted by
Mosaic Youth ahead of LGBT month. The workshop covered a range of topics, including
axes of privilege, domination and oppression relating to issues faced by the LGBTQI+
In every aspect of our contact with prisoners and ex-prisoners, we aim to implement elements
of respectful practice within a safe environment. 3 Pillars Project recognises the need to
better understand the experiences of the LGBT community in prison, especially pertaining to
Though we provide positive masculine role models for the prisoners to engage with,
attending the training workshop was important for us to be understanding and informative of
the different genders prisoners may identify. Gaining awareness of the LGBT community and
the discrimination that they face enables our role models, regardless of gender, to navigate
their thinking, policies and practices to be more empathetic.
On Friday 16th of February 2018, 3 Pillars Project were delighted to join Prince Harry and Rugby Legend, Jonny Wilkinson, at England Rugby's open training session in support of Try For Change. Preparing for their next Six Nations game, England Rugby were using the training day as an occasion to thank the rugby community for their continued support.
As one of the first eleven projects to be part-funded by the RFU and Comic Relief’s Try for Change, we were proud to be able to discuss our work in prisons in London and South East areas. Coaches Kaz and Mike spoke with Prince Harry, a fan of the sport and Patron of the Rugby Football Union, about the power of sport, values of rugby, positive role models, mentoring… and Coach Kaz’s massive thighs.
3 Pillars Project CEO, Mike Crofts, first met with Prince Harry almost two and a half years ago. The Prince shared with him his advice on how to make the idea of 3 Pillars Project into a reality. It was, therefore an incredible honour to be able to discuss our progress with the Prince and share with him our achievements in using excellence in sport, teamwork and leadership as a foundation for effective rehabilitation.
Author: Mike Crofts
Mike is the Founder and CEO of The 3 Pillars Project. A former Army Officer, Mike advocates the power of sport, leadership and positive role models to unlock the potential of young people.