Grant Supports Young Ex-Offenders to Rehabilitate in Southampton

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29th November 2018

FORD SOUTHAMPTON COMMUNITY FUND ENABLES YOUNG EX-OFFENDERS TO REHABILITATE INTO LOCAL COMMUNITY

Four charitable organisations based in Southampton and Eastleigh have received a fantastic boost totalling £19,171, following grant awards made from the Ford Southampton Community Fund, administered by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF).

The latest round of funding has been awarded to three Southampton based groups Footprints Project, Monty’s Community Hub and Southampton Action For Employment (SAFE), together with Solent Youth Action based in Eastleigh to help young people to learn new technical skills, focusing on those that are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

One of the groups receiving a grant is the Footprints Project in Southampton, which has been awarded £5,780 for the ‘Life Works’ initiative. Footprints provides a resettlement service for those who are leaving prison, helping them re-integrate back into their local communities and reconnect with their families. The group offer a ‘through the gate’ service, supporting 250 ex-offenders each year prior to and on release from prison, by matching them up with a locally trained and vetted volunteers. Volunteers provide support on key issues such as accommodation, education, employment, and mental and physical health needs and meet with clients on a weekly basis, signposting them to additional local services as well as accompanying them to appointments.

The Life Works project offers training for participants in painting, decorating, gardening, grounds work, furniture up-cycling and bicycle repair. Participants can then get involved in their local community, for example by refurbishing communal buildings and outdoor spaces, using their new skills to gain valuable work experience which can then lead on to them entering the workplace.

Caroline Stevens, Chief Executive for Footprints commented “This grant from the Ford Southampton Community Fund means that Footprints can provide mentoring for 20 local ex-offenders, with skills training offered to an additional 10 ex-offenders. It enables us to cover course costs, safety gear, mentoring expenses and transport costs and will hopefully in the longer term lead to paid employment opportunities. There is a link between ex-offenders gaining employment and their desistance from offending, however ex-offenders face many obstacles to obtaining work and face a range of barriers compounded by a lack of work experience. This opportunity means they can take some control over their own life chances, and with the help of our mentors learn how to budget, manage finances sustain tenancy, and work on their risk factors, behaviours and non-criminal identity.”

Bill Hardaway, Manager, Vehicle Refurbishment Centre, Ford Southampton commented “As a local employer, we are extremely passionate about giving young people the opportunities they need to improve their life skills and achieve their personal goals. By supporting disadvantaged young people through our Fund, we can help them to overcome the barriers that limit their access to work and give them the chances that they deserve.”

Grant Cornwell, Chief Executive at HIWCF said “We are delighted to be working with the Ford Southampton Community Fund team, the grant programme is supporting some truly deserving groups in the Eastleigh and Southampton areas. The Foundation will continue to build partnerships in the local community to ensure that we can continue to target grants to the areas where they are most needed.”

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 Photographs supplied by Footprints Project.

 NOTES TO EDITORS

 Contact details for Editor:

Name:                           Lucy Sweet, Marketing Manager, HIWCF
Direct Dial:                    (01256) 776116
Email:                           lucy@hiwcf.com

About Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation
Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: www.hiwcf.com or email HIWCF at grantsadmin@hiwcf.com

Contact details for Ford:

Main Contact: Brian Bennett

Title: Manager, Corporate Affairs

Organisation: Ford Motor Company Limited

Telephone: +44 1277 252957

Contact: Bill Hardaway

Title: Manager, Vehicle Refurbishment Centre

Organisation: Ford Southampton

Email:   bhardawa@ford.com

 

About UKCF
UKCF is the membership organisation for Community Foundations that work across the UK to raise then distribute money directly to local causes.  Community Foundations operate to ensure any form of philanthropy, whether from an individual or an organisation is effective and brings greatest benefit to those in need in our local communities.  In 2017, Community Foundations made over 20,000 grants, distributing over £77 million to local causes. Community Foundations’ total managed endowment stood at £580 million in 2018.  We represent 46 quality accredited community foundation members across the UK. Our Quality Accreditation process is endorsed by the Charity Commission and uses standards consistent with the Charity Commission’s Hallmarks of an Effective Charity, with robust, transparent and fair assessment processes. Achieving Quality Accreditation demonstrates that community foundations are serious about quality and accountability. www.ukcommunityfoundations.org