Back in custody

On Friday 25th June we held our first proper prison event since Jan 2020. Together with Beating Time and supported by Bounceback, we hosted a range of employers and before the end of the day we already had ELEVEN yes ELEVEN firm job offers for proper paid jobs on ROTL. Jobs that can be kept “through the gate” We have a lot of follow up to undertake for women identified by other employers as being right for their companies.

The main theme for the day was the built environment and rail. With the funding in place to deliver CSCS in the establishment the real work will start next week
I never cease to be amazed by the support from our employers so here’s to Elite Rail who have pledged hard cash to help women achieve a drivers license (Many rail work locations are in the middle of nowhere and much is carried out at night}.

The other employers, see below, are also pledged ongoing support by forming an informal network to build a proper relationship with the prison and the women. This would include offering one day workshops including Tool Box Talks, Asbestos and Legionella awareness and other short courses that will add to our women’s employability.

I also want to give a big shout out to the three women who were there with their employers and had all spent time as residents.

We can only do this work because of the flexibility and commitment of the prison team. Senior Officers John Hasemore and, Rena Berry and Community Manager, Toni Duchesne who, responding to the delay of the planned relaxation of Covid rules, housed our event across three separate locations to ensure we kept to all social distancing and other rules.

I was mentally and physically exhausted by the end of the day but not too tired to visit the Farm Shop and buy up Mr Ps special ribs and a selection of meats and sausages produced on the prison farm and butchery. #EastSuttonFarmShop

So big thanks from A Fairer Chance and Beating Time to everyone who supported this event
McGinleys, Elite Rail, VGC, Kier, Bilbys, PSR, Bounceback, BeOnsite, New Futures Network, Sainsburys, Coop, Forward Trust