Shropshire MP’s visit Transition to Adulthood pilot delivered by YSS in partnership with Barrow Cadbury, Probation and West Mercia YOS
Daniel Kawczynski MP for Shrewsbury and Philip Dunne MP for South Shropshire visit Transition to Adulthood pilot project delivered by YSS in partnership with Barrow Cadbury, West Mercia Probation Trust and West Mercia YOS.

The Transition to Adulthood( T2A) pilot project in West Mercia , funded by Barrow Cadbury, had two special visitors this week in Shropshire. The visit from Daniel Kawczynski MP for Shrewsbury and Philip Dunne MP for South Shropshire was arranged by the T2A Alliance and was hosted by Angela Parton, Operations Director YSS, together with Tom Currie, West Mercia Probation Trust Shropshire Local Delivery Unit Manager and Keith Barham, YOS Manager, West Mercia YOS.

Debb Grantham, Senior Operations Manager, YSS,  and members of her team: Lucy Ward, Jessica Scammell and Debra Parker  with  several service users  gave the opportunity for the MPs to hear first-hand some of the experiences of the young people we work with.  The young people who attended also had the opportunity (and took it) to put their views on employment and the difficulties of having a criminal record. They were very eloquent and considered in their responses.

As a result of this meeting YSS and Probation will be looking to  develop an event, in conjunction with the Shropshire Criminal Justice Forum,  where employers are invited to a workshop to encourage them to employ those people who may have an offending history. Both MP’s agreed that they would speak at such an event.

Mr Kawczynski also offered to personally try to find employment for a Shrewsbury young adult, by offering an internship at his constituency office, and then helping  them to pursue employment opportunities.

Mr Dunne said: “We were encouraged to learn of the range of support available through this programme to young offenders to help them get back on the straight and narrow.  It was particularly encouraging to learn that T2A has been helping improve the employment prospects for young offenders by helping organise and fund access to training courses.  But I recognise there are problems for reformed young offenders in being given a second chance and I intend to work with West Mercia Probation and T2A to encourage employers in Shropshire not to write young people off, especially those who have taken the initiative to gain qualifications to help find work.”

Friday morning’s visit was a great success, as it was a very positive meeting and has given much food for thought. This will also be reported back to the T2A alliance.

Philip Dunne’s newspage features  this visit.


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