I hadn’t posted for a bit as I foolishly broke my leg and then had a short staycation.
But I am writing today as, all of a sudden, we are TEN YEARS OLD. Yes, A Fairer Chance is ten years old, and I can look back over this time with real pride when I consider all the things our fabulous team have achieved.
- Over 2000 people into “good” work
- Over 300 people employed on ROTL
- Over 3000 people assisted through attending our amazing prison Jobs Fairs or through our one-to-one support.
- Our “Women’s Work” that has grown into something truly amazing.
When we set up A Fairer Chance, we decided we should be a social business, and not a charity, as we were asking employers to look at the business reasons for employing people with convictions.
That approach stills serves us well. There is room for a lot of different models in this world. Some jobseekers will need a different approach and more support. We see ourselves as a talent acquisition organisation. We work closely with our employers to better understand their skills and labour shortages and to influence prison delivered, skills and training, to meet those needs
I am delighted to say that the employers who supported us, on day one, still work with us today. Some managers say we are their only source of recruitment.
We set up A Fairer Chance on the understanding that there was enough money in the “Welfare to Work” and wider criminal justice system to support a business. There have been some changes and sometimes it is very difficult for a small business to meet the requirements of complicated grant applications ……but we are still here
We also sought other funding and with Lendlease, (Be Onsite) and Bounceback leading the way we achieved fantastic outcomes, both in terms of jobs and employers engaged on the CITB funded, Mind the Gap project.
We are planning a few low scale celebrations primarily where we will be meeting up with our former jobseekers and we are looking forward to the next ten years
Thank you all for your best wishes and ongoing support
Remember, everyone needs “something to do, somewhere to live and someone to give a damn”
Maggie Walsh MBE
A Fairer Chance