Weʼre raising £2,000 to help to stop reoffending and homeless in the west midlands by providing supported housing and mentoring
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I came up with 1st step rehabilitation after having a few conversions with friends that work with the probation services and within the prison system and I came to realised there is huge gap where ex offenders are not getting the support they need to for a fresh start and to stop reoffending. Leaving prison is a confusing and often chaotic time for many people. Short term plans, relationship breakdown, return to previous offending behaviours, family disputes and acclimatisation into public life is often overwhelming. Homelessness is a real and present danger due to the pressure that is put on the Probation Service, where most clients are not receiving the rehabilitation and the basic tools to prevent clients from re offending. What is clear is that there is a serious lack of housing and support options available for people leaving custody. Too often a lack of robust resettlement planning following release from prison puts people in a position that exposes them to previous addictions and a lack of financial security to re-enter secure housing and employment. 1st step rehabilitation will help to break the cycle and give people the chance to become better people in the community. we plan to do this by getting them back into work through the contacts we have made with companies that willing to give a job or find a job for some with criminal background or have been homeless. we will help them find courses to learn a new skill i.e forklift, computer systems, labouring skills. we have plans to work with local community project's that we will be volunteering so they can feel a sense of pride and also they will be able to receive a work reference. we will be working closely with their family by helping resolve any issues that maybe need addressing, find actives that don't cost much but building back a relationship with their children and ex partner is very important for them to feel reasonable and to understand what damage they do by going to prison.
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