We’re investing in rehabilitation today
We are always looking for opportunities to make a positive impact on the communities where our people work and live. Focusing specifically on rehabilitation means we can give disadvantaged individuals a brighter future and enable them to contribute positively to their own areas. This is how our partnership with St Giles Trust, the charity which works to break the cycle of reoffending across England and Wales, was established.
The cost of re-offending is currently estimated at £13bn annually (National Audit Office, 2014) and re-offending rates stand at:
- 47 per cent of adults reconvicted within one year of being released; increases to 59 per cent for those serving sentences of less than 12 months
- 45 per cent of women leaving prison are reconvicted within one year
- 58 per cent of young people (18-20) released from custody in the first quarter of 2008 reoffended within a year
- 72 per cent of children (10-17) released from custody in the 12 months ending September 2011 reoffended within a year
(Prison Reform Trust, 2013)
Peer support workers
The funding we currently provide to train and develop 20 peer support workers through St Giles Trust helps disadvantaged individuals to readjust back into society, search for housing and find education and employment opportunities.
Support workers are selected from prisons in London and the Home Counties; a percentage are female to answer a specific rehabilitation need in the London area and as ex-offenders themselves, they are all in a position to inspire others to turn their lives around.
The SOS project
We also support St Giles Trust’s SOS+ project which works with schools and youth centres in 13 boroughs across London. These are tailor-made sessions for young people to explain the dangers of gang involvement, aiming to prevent them from becoming caught up in this lifestyle. We are also extending our support to enable and encourage our employees to volunteer in providing key skills in areas such as CV writing, mentoring and job interview practice for those clients who are at the right stage of their journey to begin searching and applying for a job.
In 2013, we funded the training and development of our first peer support worker, James.
"My work requires a great deal of footwork, liaison and general to-ing and fro-ing. I get real rewards through this work. I can turn around an individual’s life and overturn the idea they have that crime is glamorous. This comes from engaging them in something else that they like doing such as a course, an apprenticeship, volunteering and finally getting a job. There are things out there for these people but they need to be linked into them."
The work we support at St Giles Trust forms part of our community development foundation, Creating Better Tomorrows, which helps charities, SMEs and voluntary organisations working with priority groups to build their capabilities and develop new community programmes.
By enabling rehabilitation specifically, we hope to:
- have a demonstrable impact on re-offending rates and create safer communities as a result.
- help some of the most disadvantaged, disengaged ex-offenders reconnect with society by helping them into education, training and employment.
- ensure there are fewer victims of crime in future and prevent the children of today’s offenders from becoming the next generation of offenders, thus breaking the intergenerational cycle of crime.
*St Giles Trust image, not a specific person related to this initiative
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