Who we are

Back of the head of a man in prisonWe are determined and ambitious – committed to changing the lives of prisoners so that they live crime-free and positively upon release.

Our origins began in 1996/1997 when we set up a rehabilitation in-prison programme on the D Wing of HMP The Verne, it brought radical change – ill-discipline and breaking of prison rules dropped from 179 to 29 incidences within two years!


The programme was based on the basic Christian value of ‘loving your neighbour as yourself.’

In 1999, Kainos Community was formed to continue the vision. Since then Kainos has worked in six different prisons.  The programme has been developed into the accredited version of Challenge to Change we currently run in HMP Haverigg in Cumbria.

The programme has also been developed to run in the community. Known as Pathways to Change, the programme combines best practice from Challenge to Change with rehabilitation in the community. Pathways to Change is run in partnership with Langley House Trust.

Both Challenge to Change and Pathways to Change are based on Christian principles and provides a fair and inclusive provision for all, irrespective of faith traditions.

Kainos’ team is made up of a small number of specialist and dedicated staff, supported by an incredible network of volunteers across England.

We are part of the Langley House Trust group – a leading offender specialist charity providing accommodation based services.  We joined the Langley group in October 2013.