Project information

Junction 42

Junction 42 exists to see the lives of offenders and their communities visibly transformed.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: The Junction 42 Foundation

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  • Need


    We are tackling the cycle of re-offending in the north east of England and the central belt of Scotland, seeing that there is desperate need in both of these regions.

    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 are in prison per 100,000 of the general population.


    We provide different projects within custody and the community, focusing on reducing social isolation, building community, addressing chaotic lifestyles and removing barriers to employment and family stability. Using creative engagement we work with many offenders, ex-offenders and other young people who face serious lifestyle stability issues and significant barriers to employability and employment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Empower positive change in ex-offenders.


    » Provide mentorship and pastoral support for individuals seeking to turn their lives around.
    » Provide ‘pitstop’ opportunities to address specific barriers and needs for individuals: addiction/accommodation support, CV writing, gaining ID etc.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring & recording attendance at group sessions & individual mentoring sessions. Monitoring of ‘soft’ skills such as increased confidence & breaking of social isolation.

    Aim 2

    Increase employability skills for ex-offenders.


    » Provide opportunities for work placements alongside mentoring.
    » Provide access to qualifications through the work placements.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring & recording attendance at work placements. Monitoring & recording of progression data for our clients.

  • Impact


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

    The above will be demonstrated through recording progression information from our support into paid employment, self employment, voluntary work and training courses.


    Risk of strain on mentor relationships, reduced by mentor training and supervision.

    Risk of disengagement of individuals, reduced by screening individuals onto the project and having an ‘open door’ policy where those who disengage are always welcome to re-engage in the future.

    Risk of piloting a new approach to employability work, reduced by regularly reviewing the success of the approach during the pilot and adapting the programme continually from client and mentor feedback.


    Donors will receive quarterly newsletters from Junction 42 with developments and encouraging news stories as well as data relating to the progression of those on Junction 42 programmes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £55,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Staffing Staff time to provide mentoring and 'pit stop' support to individuals.
      £5,000 Resources Resources needed for group sessions, mentoring sessions and outside opportunities
      £10,000 Admin Staff time to provide administrative support in taking referrals & recording outcomes

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Grant £15,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We currently work in both the north east of England & the central belt of 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 an urgent need for our support.


    The project will directly benefit ex-offenders. 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 this project it will benefit their families, the wider community and even the tax payer. This programme is focused on individuals having a purpose and not just getting a job, individuals will benefit from increased stability across all areas of life.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a track record of successful delivery in the North East of England and are developing the same models of work in Scotland. Our workers are highly experienced in working in the criminal justice system, with knowledge and experience of working with offenders in prison and providing support on release. We also network with local churches to recruit mentors and train them in how to give effective advice and support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joanne O’Connor

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

“You’s have given me the opportunity to move away from the £73.10 lifestyle into a paid job, and I can’t thank you enough for that.”

J, ex-lifer who engaged with our employability programme and is now employed as a caretaker and handyman.