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The BIG Assist Conference - Innovation workshop by Natasha Mort

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Natasha Mort (Voluntary Action Leeds) speaks about the innovative work of the HMP Leeds Volunteering Scheme at the Big Assist conference. …

Natasha Mort (Voluntary Action Leeds) speaks about the innovative work of the HMP Leeds Volunteering Scheme at the Big Assist conference.

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  • 1. HMP Leeds Volunteering Scheme To work with HM Prison Leeds and the Leeds Volunteer Managers Network in the creation of a volunteering programme specifically aimed at prisoners: - residing within prison - on ROTL - are about to be released, including ensuring they had a volunteering opportunity to go into on release and on- going support afterwards Insert your logo here Volunteer Centres Programme
  • 2. The problem we are trying to solve Nearly half of prisoners themselves say they will need help to find a job when they leave prison. ....... "When all we do is just take those people, release them on to the streets with £46 in their pockets and no other support, why are we surprised that they reoffend again quickly?' Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, November 2012 The Volunteer Centre Leeds is trying to contribute to lowering the rate of reoffending by improving the skills and confidence of prisoners and those recently released. Volunteer Centres Programme HMP Leeds Volunteering Scheme
  • 3. The difference we are going to make The project would work mainly with HMP Leeds C wing (Resettlement wing) One of the aims of the project is to encourage those that have never considered volunteering. We understand that not all will sign up to the project but hope that there will be a ripple effect and the idea of giving time will be taken up at some point. 'In the aftermath of imprisonment the stability of employment can promote ties and connections in the community .....Accessing the labour market however, is one of the biggest difficulties facing ex prisoners.' Margaret Fitzgerald Volunteering has been shown to help community cohesion, up skilling those who take up opportunities and reducing stigma. This will help prisoners find routes into employment and feel part of the community they are placed back into Volunteer Centres Programme HMP Leeds Volunteering Scheme