Project turning round young lives is “inspirational” says Peter Luff MP on his visit to YSS and Transition to Adulthood project on 1 February.

Peter Luff and T2A service users and YSS staff Feb 1 2013

The YSS Transition to Adulthood (T2A) pilot project in West Mercia, funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust to work intensively with 16 – 24 year olds in the criminal justice system, was visited by Peter Luff MP for mid Worcestershire  this week in Elmley Lovett. The visit  was arranged by the T2A Alliance and was hosted by Lorraine Preece Director of Operations and Business Development YSS, together with Manjinder Purewal, West Mercia Probation Trust Worcestershire Assistant Chief Officer and Phil Kendrick, YOS Performance Quality and Commissioning Manager, West Mercia YOS.

David Andrewartha, acting Team Manager YSS,  and T2A Keyworker Alison Steedman together with  3 service users  gave the opportunity for the MP to hear first-hand some of the experiences of the young adults we work with.  The young adults shared their views on a number of issues including employment, the lack of affordable rented accommodation, services for those with mental health issues and the need to provide better education on drugs in schools about the impact drugs have on the lives of you and your family. They also heard from Peter Luff what the role of an MP involves and and the type of things he is currently working on.

Peter Luff commented:  “I saw that it is perfectly possible to turn around young lives and give people who have fallen into bad company or made serious errors of judgement a completely fresh start.  The testimony I heard from young offenders about the effectiveness and importance of this scheme was really impressive and I congratulate everyone involved.”

 

Comments from the service users included: “If it was not for the T2A project then I would have been back in prison.”

” In prison there is plenty of  structure  to my day  but in the community  my T2A worker has helped me plan, and find  activities. “

” I am living at the YMCA, and have the support of my T2A key worker. She has helped me with getting evidence of my identity,( copy of birth certificate) and  sorting out my benefits and a bank account”.

Peter Luff  appreciated the extra value  that this type of service  can bring to a person’s life. He was  encouraged that each of the young adults had  inspirations for jobs and had been applying. The types of jobs  mentioned included painting and decorating, work in retail or in a warehouse or an outdoor job. He  enjoyed the visit and was very keen to hear the  young adults views.

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.With the Probation review being very much debated, this has given Peter more information first hand on the type of holistic services/ wrap around services that can be provided in partnerships with Probation.

 Click here  to see the news story on Peter Luff’s website.

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