Because we're trying to do things differently, we're a little difficult to define. Resting somewhere between supportive charity and design agency or manufacturing business and resettlement service, we intend to bridge gaps between different parts of society and to build better relationships that reduce the likelihood of crime being committed. 


Making it Out C.I.O is a local charity based in Portslade, Brighton and Hove. MiO has been set up to enable people, who are at risk of committing crime without support, to begin to change their current situation through regular engagement in creative making activities.

Our organisation sits between being a productive design and manufacture business and a support service for those in need of a more constructive use of their time. Through involving our participants in the process of designing and making a variety of artistic and innovative products we equip them with the skills, motivation and confidence they need to build and maintain more positive and stable futures for themselves. 


We are committed to the the principle that creative, practical activity has a positive effect on an individual’s confidence, self esteem and capacity to change. Day to day interaction with others in this setting can provide motivation and momentum to leave negative behaviours behind and start to move forward.

We also exist to bring together the local arts, craft and design communities and create mutually beneficial opportunities for training, collaboration and employment opportunities. 

Working both within the prison system and with those who have recently been released we intend to offer training and skill development, work experience, employment opportunities and support in moving forward towards long term employment.


As an organisation we are aware that the problems that people leaving prison face are multifaceted, unique, and difficult to overcome. For this reason, we see engaging with us as a starting point and offer the support, mentoring and signposting that individuals need to change their circumstances and begin to take control of their own lives.

Supporting the local 

making community

Artwork Commissions

Creating employment

Training provision

Collaborative Projects

Benchspace & Access

to resources 

Employment support

Joined up services & holistic support

Making things better!

We take referrals from prisons, probation and other local voluntary organisations such as our partner charity Sussex Pathways. Participants will have a number of options available to them dependent on their current situation and what they hope to achieve with us. Our intention with all of our participants is that they move on to further meaningful activity after work with us... 

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