Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling MP, has visited the north east to promote his Rehabilitation Revolution vision and show his support for the Oswin Project that helps ex-offenders in the region.
The Oswin Project supports ex-offenders to find paid employment and apprenticeship opportunities in the construction and hospitality industries.
Mr Grayling said: “I saw first-hand the tremendous work the Oswin Project does in helping those who find it difficult to find employment after spending time in prison. As Justice Secretary, I was particularly interested to hear about how the charity has helped former offenders turn their life around and return to employment to become active members of society.
“The commitment of the Oswin Project team is second-to-none and a shining example of the importance of the third sector in rehabilitation.”
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Berwick and trustee of the Oswin Project, said: “The Oswin Project was set up so that ex-offenders can have a better chance of finding and maintaining a job, we do this by providing holistic and ongoing support for them for up to two years.
“In order to break the cycle of re-offending, businesses can help give an ex-offender a second chance through training, support and employment. We are always looking to find new employers willing to work with us to give ‘Oswinners’ the opportunity to turn their lives around.”
For more information on the Oswin Project or if your business wished to get involved go to: www.oswinproject.org.uk/