The Resettlement Scheme
Finding employment is a challenge - with a criminal record it’s even harder. With access to over 200 agencies providing volunteer opportunities in areas as diverse as driving, counselling, web design, catering, DIY, teaching, and sports (not to mention dozens more) we can help you improve your employment prospects through a range of training and work experience day release placements.
Maybe you’ve thought of working with teenagers in off-the-streets programmes, raising their awareness of the dangers of drug use? Perhaps you want to use your own life experiences in a youth work or mentoring role? Whatever your goal, we’ll give you advice on the best route to achieving it. Update old skills or learn new ones. You don’t need a CV, previous work experience, training, or references - but you’ll have gained all of these by the end of the programme.
“I had lots of plastering experience in the building trade - but no qualifications. Andrew found me a placement and then helped me apply to a trust for money to cover the cost of the courses I needed to attend. I was given almost £400.00. Once I’d been on the training and got my certificates I started to apply for work and have been employed fulltime for the last two months. I’ve still got 6 months of my sentence to go, but never thought I’d been leaving prison with a job” Scheme Participant.
If you are currently serving a sentence, speak to your Personal Officer or your prisons Resettlement Team. We’ll arrange for you to visit us and get more information. If you’re in the closing stages of your sentence and day release is not an option, you can get information at our outreach sessions - generally held monthly. Your prisons Resettlement Team will have the dates of our next visit. We can help you find a placement ahead of your release, ready to start on your release.