Greenfields Community Housing Helps Ex-Offenders Get Back Into Work
Published by Donata Rio for Greenfields Community Housing in Housing and also in Communities
Following the success of a previous project, Greenfields Community Housing is working in partnership with Essex Probation Service (EPS) to help ex-offenders get back into work through carrying out free work on its estates.
EPS runs a scheme called Community Payback, which provides work to local communities, as offenders pay back for the crimes that have committed. To be considered for the work, any project must not take paid work away from others and must benefit communities.
A team of ex-offenders recently carried out work inBraintree. This included tidying up the garage site, and painting the garages and railings. One of the team members involved said: “It is great to be able to do a good deed in this community.”
James Martin, Greenfields’ Positive Engagement Co-ordinator, works with lots of local young people with the aim of diverting them from criminal activity, increasing their employment opportunities and fulfilling their potential. He said: “When we trialled this scheme, we found that the participants not only enjoyed learning new skills and working as a team, but that they also found it rewarding to give something back to the community.”
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