Based in Leeds,the ESF CFO3 project is designed to help disadvantaged individuals in the criminal justice system move towards social inclusion and mainstream provision. It is funded through HMPPS ESF working in partnership with APM. Focussing on individuals who are the hardest to reach, the aim is to help them engage with services, training and secure employment. We will also help with other barriers such as housing and addressing substance misuse issues, which could be preventing someone from achieving this,.

We engage with offenders in the community and from HMPs Leeds and Wealstun, working with them up to 12 weeks prior to release. We then continue our support in the community to help individuals become more engaged and secure education, training and employment when released.

To be eligible for the project individuals will need to:

  • Be within the community on licence or supervision order, or in HMP Wealstun/HMP Leeds with less than three years until release.
  • Not engaging in mainstream provision but willing to engage with St Giles Trust.
  • Returning to or living in West Yorkshire.
  • Eligible to work in the UK.
  • Unemployed upon release.
  • Willing to engage with St Giles Trust in the community

The project assists with:

  • Support for employers, in terms of identifying suitable potential employees, providing funding to train and qualify employees
  • Facilitating volunteering, work experience, work trials and similar
  • Help and advice in custody continuing into the community from the day of release
  • Assistance with accessing suitable education, training, volunteering and employment
  • An all-round holistic support service including mentoring and advocating