Project information

Supporting ex-offenders into employment, 2011

This project aims to support 200+ ex-offenders in to stable employment in 2011 through the support, funding and, if applicable, referral to relevant training and education. We believe that our holistic approach is crucial to a positive re-integration of each individual into their community.

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Charity information

Royal London Society

Royal London Society
  • Need


    Although the government does vital work in the resettlement of ex-offenders, their resources are increasingly stretched. The current prison population in the United Kingdom hovers around 80,000 and the Office of National Statistics puts the re-conviction rate at around 75% (it is safe to presume the re-offence rate is higher). Clearly, ex-offenders are not achieving the crime free resettlements they need.


    The Royal London Society project 'Supporting ex-offenders into stable employment 2011' will provide over 200 people with the skills and positive approach to secure and prosper in stable employment. We believe that our holistic, supportive approach ensures a successful re-integration into their communities, consequently reducing the temptation to re-offend.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Fewer unemployed ex-offenders.


    » RLS Chief Executive works closely with training providers and potential employers to give ex-offenders the skills and opportunity to secure employment

    Success will be demonstrated by beneficiaries securing employment.

    Aim 2

    A reduction in re-offending


    » We believe that stable employment is one of the key factors in prevent re-offending

    Success will be demonstrated in beneficiaries low re-offending rates.

    Aim 3

    Improvement in the well-being of marginalized individuals and their communities


    » Our approach ensures each person feels holistically supported, improving their self-esteem and assisting their resettlement into their community.

    Success will be indicated in feedback from beneficiaries as well as low levels of re-offending.

    Aim 4

    Greater collaboration and efficiency in the field of work with ex-offenders


    » We work to maintain productive relationships with other organizations working with ex-offenders and are an active member of the Prisoner Funder Forum.

    Success will be demonstrated by the development of collaborative projects with other organisations working with ex-offenders and continued open and productive communication.

  • Impact


    Royal London Society has an unusually holistic approach. Although we are at this stage a small organisation, we hope to maintain our mode of opperating, which has proven to be successful in reducing re-offending, We hope that by maintaining an open and productive relationship with other organisations working in the field, we will help share best practice and untimately improve the success of resettlement following conviction.


    There are few risks that afect this project. Royal London Society has been in operation for over 150 years and therefore has developed an infrastructure to ensure low risk.


    RLS makes a practice of reporting to individual donors through our 'Friends' programme, which send donors newletters to update them on the progress of the project.
    We report to all other funders with a full report 12 months following their donation, in addition to any further reporting requested.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £70,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £35,000 Grants Education and training grants to provide ex-offenders with the skills to secure stable employment.
      £35,000 Mentoring Costs associated with supporting each individual with their resettlement plans and training

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trusts and Foundations £4,400 Guaranteed
    Individuals £1,200 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will operate in London and the South East of England.


    200+ ex-offenders will benefit from the project. These beneficiaries will be in prison or recently released in London and the South East of England.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Royal London Society has a 150 year track record of supporting ex-offenders into work, evidenced by HMP Latchmere House (the prison RLS works most with) which nationally had the lowest re-offending rate when last fully analysed, expected by Governor Steve Dixey to be even lower in 2010 due to increased RLS support. RLS is unusual in the field because of the holistic support it gove all invidiauls who approach the organisation, regardless of whether or not RLS can financially support them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Peter Cox

    Peter Cox works tirelessly to build relationships with beneficiaries and the prison or probation staff working with them to aid their resettlement.