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Independent People Boost Ex-Offender Services

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Actively seeking and designing ways to improve services for young ex-offenders.

In April 2012 Independent People was awarded just under a million pounds to run a Big Lottery Funded project called Future 4 Me. The service which is specifically designed to help young people in transition from care and/or custody.

Part of the project is to actively seek and design ways to improve services for young ex-offenders. The group of young people targeted are a minority and a very marginalised one. Independent People are now able to use their knowledge and understanding of the issues faced by these young people to help develop specialised services and access routes which work for young people, increasing stable accommodation and employment opportunities.
In the past few months Independent People has amplified the Future 4 Me project's reach by building on relationships with National Offender Management Service Co-financing Organisation (NOMS, CFO), European Social Fund (ESF), Clinks, Tribal and Avon and Somerset Probation Trust to secure funding for further work.
NOMS logoESF logo
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Tribal new futures logos

ASPT Assured Partner

                                                                        NOMS CFO and European Social Fund (ESF)

We are part of two separate consortia selected to progress Social Enterprises under the National Offender Management Service Co-financing Organisation (NOMs CFO) and the European Social Fund (ESF) Social Enterprise Programme
"Enhance South West" (Construction Youth Trust, Barnardo's, Learning Partnership West, Weston College, Youth Justice Board) will enhance and the extend the work of the South West Resettlement Consortium.
• The other "Green Shoots" (Reach, Avon & Somerset Probation, Bristol City Council, Avon Wildlife Trust) will produce a Community Interest Company and the establishment of a pilot delivery model based on the concept of an urban, community farm.
Both Consortia will be looking to be able to draw in funds to help support disadvantaged communities to rebuild their lives.
ESF in England is investing in jobs and skills – focusing on people who need support the most and helping them fulfil their potential.

Clinks and Transition to Adulthood Alliance

Independent People has been awarded funds to produce a training film for YOT, Probation, YOI and Future 4 Me staff, plus a five day consultancy with Clinks professionals.
We will use learning from the consultancy, and what young people have to say themselves about their experience of transitions, to create an
awareness raising DVD for staff about transitions issues for young
The DVD will be used as part of the core training programme for YOT, Probation, YOI and Future 4 Me staff, enabling an improved focus on the revised arrangements and the principles of good transitions as outlined in the joint NOMS/YJB “Youth to Adult Transitions Framework".

new futures - Tribal

new futures is part of a national ESF-funded and National Offender Manager Service (NOMS) programme which supports people who have offended to address their barriers to learning and work.

new futures has funded a part-time Education, Training and Employment worker who will join the 1625ip team, referring ex-offenders to the new futures programme and supporting them into training and employment.

ASPT Assured Partner Status

In April this year Independent People very proudly became an ASPT Assured Partner.
To achieve this we had to demonstrate compliance with the following criteria:
- Financial viability.
- Competent administrative procedures that safeguard information on staff, offenders and victims and their families.
- Effective employment policies to cover staff development, supervision and the health and safety of both staff and offenders and victims and their families.
- Business objectives which are consistent with those of Avon and Somerset Probation Trust and a record of proven competence.

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