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Ex offenders build their way back into work


Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities

Two ex-offenders from Chester are building their way back into work after being thrown a lifeline from national property maintenance company Sanctuary Maintenance.


The two men have joined the company on a six to 12-month work placement where they will gain valuable training experience which will help them with their future careers. 

The placement, organised in partnership with Cheshire Police and Cheshire West and Chester Council, will see the re-offenders working on a number of projects for Sanctuary Maintenance including the refurbishment of properties across Chester. 

As well as teaching the re-offenders maintenance work, the programme will allow them to learn other valuable life skills including time management and the importance of ensuring excellent customer satisfaction. 

Phil Jones, head of maintenance operations at Sanctuary Maintenance in Chester, said: “We are glad we can work with Cheshire Police to provide this support and opportunity to re-offenders.  

“By backing the scheme, we are also supporting the central and local government initiatives to reduce crime and increase employment opportunities in the neighbourhoods we live and work in.”


The placements form part of an on-going scheme, entitled NAVIGATE, that aims to provide accommodation, career training and addiction support to local ex-offenders.


Set up in 2012, the scheme aims to cut down crime within Chester by helping reoffenders get back into work and accommodation. It has already helped over 20 people, some of who have gone on to take permanent positions within Sanctuary.


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