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.
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.