Project information

Junction 42

Junction 42 exists to see the lives of offenders and their communities visibly transformed. Our team have been working in prisons and community locations across the north east for 19 years and we are excited to be expanding this successful model of work into Teesside and Scotland.

One year start up of new projects, leading to sustainable ongoing projects in the long term.

Charity information: The Junction 42 Foundation

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  • Need

    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.

    Solution

    Our current work in the north east has been supporting individuals in prison, through the gate and in the community for many years, seeing lives transformed on a daily basis.

    Expanding this effective model into new areas will enable us to partner with other organisations who have a heart to see individuals break out of the cycle of reoffending and bring transformation in their own lives and in their community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Empower positive change in offenders and their communities in order to see visible transformation.


    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

    Encourage positive pathways on release from prison and throughout life's journey.


    Activities

    » Training mentors and leaders through our Leadership Training School.
    » Providing employability training through Job Club, helping individuals to overcome barriers to employment.

    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

    There could be a strain on mentoring relationships but we will reduce this risk by training and supervising mentors regularly.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive quarterly newsletters from Junction 42 with developments and encouraging news stories.

  • 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 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 a urgent need for our support

    Beneficiaries

    Job Club 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 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.

    People

    Joanne O’Connor

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