We have recently launched a new community development initiative in Hull. The programme builds on our successful experience in Burnley, Corby and Blackpool. This is a £1.5M joint special project, working with the Esmee Fairburn Foundation, designed to build a safer and stronger community.
The programme builds on four specific themes:
1. Better Communities: building capacity and promoting leadership.
2. Diversionary activities: working with the Community Safety Partnership, an intelligence led, highly focussed response working in the areas of greatest need.
3. Encouraging Enterprise: a programme that looks to inspire, encourage and enable both the young and the over 50's with a view to creating learning, training and employment opportunities.
4. Restorative Practice: within the criminal justice system, education and supporting the elderly. Helping Hull to define and shape a future as the world's first restorative City.
In this we will work with 21 projects across the City, bringing each together to help share and learn whilst promoting a stronger sense of partnership and collaboration.
Elsewhere, we are supporting an exciting programme that looks to create a vibrant business at the heart of a busy London church. The Pathways programme, at St Anselm's Kennington, will create jobs, training, accommodation and small business incubation units under the one roof. A local bistro will sit at the heart of this, based on a similar model to the Clink programme, located in Highdown Prison. Pathways.
Rank also supports Blue Sky, an organisation that only employs ex-offenders. Blue Sky provide proper employment and support to help those leaving prison to gain a job, earning a decent wage and developing a work ethic that will encourage longer term stability. Blue Sky are also running a pilot programme for ex-servicemen and women, the Veterans in Custody Programme (Victor) working with local prisons, probation and the Royal British Legion Industries in Kent. More to follow. Blue Sky.