Project information

Junction 42

Junction 42 works with prisoners delivering educational opportunities,
supporting newly released prisoners through mentoring relationships and employment support. Funding would support the running of Job Club and LTS; projects designed to help people get into employment and developing skills.

January 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: The Junction 42 Foundation

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  • Need

    Need

    We are trying to help tackle the cycle of re-offending in the North East of England and Scotland.

    Both areas are in desperate need of support. The north east of England has the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the UK at 5.9%. Scotland has one of the highest imprisonment rates in western Europe – 142 people in prison per 100,000 of the general population.

    Solution

    Our Job Club is an existing project with a highly successful track record.Since it’s launch we have seen 48 people move into paid work and 106 into voluntary work or training ­ 67% "hard outcomes" across one of the most hard­ to­ reach groups in society ­and far exceeding the targets set for us by the Department of Work and Pensions.
    The Leadership Training School (LTS) is a project to train and equip potential leaders who have previously participated with Junction 42.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage and with ex-offenders, empowering positive change.


    Activities

    » Provide specific training enabling individuals to develop CV's and interview skills.
    » Provide mentorship and pastoral support for individuals seeking to turn their lives around.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring and recording attendance at groups. Establishing mentoring relationships that encourage group mentoring.


    Aim 2

    To encourage positive pathways after prison.


    Activities

    » Training mentors and leaders through LTS, our leadership training school.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring and recording attendance at training. Establishing mentoring relationships that encourage group mentoring.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Ex-offenders breaking with old habits lifestyles and relationships that lead them to reoffending.
    Ex-offenders engaging in mentoring relationships and employment opportunities.

    Risk

    Strain on mentor relationships. Reduce risk by mentor training and planning to form mentor groups as a priority.

    Reporting

    Monthly email updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £28,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,400 Job Club Running groups of employability workshops
      £10,900 LTS Running training and mentoring for leadership school
      £2,000 Staffing Staff time to assist in running key courses
  • Background

    Location

    We currently work in both the North East of England and Scotland.

    The north east of England has the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the UK at 5.9%. Nationwide, 65% of all prisoners were unemployed before entering prison; 75% did not have a job on leaving prison (rising to 90% for women).

    Scotland has one of the highest imprisonment rates in western Europe – 142 people in prison per 100,000 of the general population.

    Both areas demonstrate a urgent need for support.

    Beneficiaries

    The Job Clubs and LTS training will directly benefit ex-offenders. We have previously run Job Club seeing 48 people enter paid work and 106 enter voluntary work. Our figures for moving­ on to­ employment outstrip the best government­ procured provision by 300%; within our demographic this performance differential is higher still.

    As individuals engage with employment, one-to-one coaching and leadership training, this will benefit their families, the wider community and even the tax payer.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a tract record in the Northeast of England of delivery. We have networks in churches to recruit mentors; our workers live locally and have experience of working with offenders in the past.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    David Swan

    Development worker employed to make the connections to pioneer news forms of work.

    Joanne O'Connor

    Director of Junction 42, provides vision and direction to the work of supporting prisoners, their families and communities.