AIM partnership wins ESF Transnationality Award 2013

The AIM partnership, hosted by West Mercia Probation Trust, has been working with partners in Hungary, Sweden, Portugal and Italy to share good practice and to develop new approaches to improving employment opportunities for offenders.

Michele Hatfield, AIM Partnership Project Co-ordinator, was presented with the Award at an event held in London to mark the end of the ESF’s Innovation, Transnationality and Mainstreaming project in the UK.  She said, “We are delighted with this recognition for our efforts in working with our partners in Europe.  The transnational element of this funding has expanded our knowledge and the possibilities for improving provision for offenders.  It has provided an excellent opportunity to learn what works well in other countries, as we don’t have all the solutions in the UK alone”.

The AIM Partnership was also nominated in the ‘Best Innovation, Transnationality and Mainstreaming Project’ category and, although not the outright winner, was in the top three projects in the UK.

This latest award will add to the ESF Gender Equality Leader Award which AIM won recently for its work with women offenders.

The AIM Partnership was set up to develop innovative approaches to reducing recidivism.  AIM worked with offenders, ex-offenders, those at risk of re-offending and their families and successfully improved their access to employment and helped them create self employment and social enterprise opportunities.

The project supported over 340 people with the main focus being on holistic support and working with whole families.  A family conferencing pilot replicating elements of the Hungarian ‘whole family’ approach to rehabilitating offenders has been mainstreamed with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).

The ESF funded phase of the project will be complete at the end of April but the AIM Partnership will continue as an independent organisation continuing the work to develop and test new approaches to assist offenders into employment and enterprise.

David Chantler, Chief Executive Officer, West Mercia Probation Trust, said:

“West Mercia Probation Trust has long put partnership work at the core of its working to reduce reoffending.  We are immensely proud of this international recognition of our work”.

 Thank you and well done to all our partners  including YSS, West Mercia Probation Trust , Ubique, Business Enterprise Support, and Pertemps.

 Full report can be read at  viewed on West Mercia Probation Trust news.   

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