No Going Back

Welcome to No Going Back, an initiative supporting offender re-habilitation

At uncertain times when everything is changing daily it is exciting to be able to start  a new programme that is being driven by the Livery Companies to make a difference to people both in and out of prison.   No Going Back officially launched on July 1st.

Although Covid has now impacted on all our lives in and out of prisons, it has been decided to launch this programme at a time when it is needed more than ever.  While prisoners are still ‘locked down’, we continue to offer support with materials and information into their cells where we can, and then on release we offer digital learning while we are still social distancing, but soon hope to be training in the community face to face.  However, the world of work is now looking very different and this is where we need everyone’s support.

We haven’t lost sight of our core aims and that is to give people skills, qualifications and hope that change is possible and to stop them returning to prison.  We believe working together with the Livery and also collaborating with a number of other organisations in the sector – we can do this, albeit differently.  Things will change along the way as we ‘learn on the job’ and we will keep everyone updated throughout as we seek innovative ways to achieve our goals in a very different world.

No Going Back was designed to specifically prepare individuals in prison for job opportunities that will be offered by members of the Livery Companies.  The jobs will be in organisations that are in some way connected to Livery members, either directly or through introduction.

The whole programme aims to take a bespoke approach to working with individuals who will, with the help of Bounce Back’s No Going Back team, have an opportunity to engage early with employers.  Whilst the prisons are managing everyone’s safety in the Covid environment the programme has been adapted and although we cannot engage early in the same way in prison, for the time being we are doing it differently and on release.  On release, the team are dedicated in their support of individuals with training, upskilling and employability in order to ensure the passage into employment is as seamless as possible for both the individuals and the employers.

Jobs in this programme are primarily in ‘the Built Environment’, but that is intentionally a very broad remit and encompasses a wide variety of opportunities from HGV driving, construction and facilities management to site supervision, administration, engineering and other roles, giving as many people as possible an opportunity to participate. Most importantly the project is aimed specifically to meet the skills needs of employers.

When people leave prison, one of the main barriers to work is accommodation and Bounce Back is responding to this in the No Going Back programme through partnerships with housing organisations, it is a unique aspect of this programme specifically responding to those released and offered a job but with nowhere to live.

Importantly, this programme is going to be measured by Russell Webster and will provide invaluable impact reporting on how No Going Back has worked to achieve its objectives within the constraints of Covid and beyond.

The 3 words – ‘No Going Back’ can make a massive change to people’s lives and we all look forward to a very unique pilot year ahead.

For further information contact tanito@bouncebackproject.com. In the meantime we look forward to sharing many more developments over the next few weeks including our website, promotional material and planned upcoming events.

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