Finding work for people coming out of prison is vital said Bill Longmore, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner
"Employ with Conviction"  event  was held recently in Telford, organised by the Shropshire Criminal Justice Forum,  attracting  a range of employers and criminal  justice professionals.

EWC_Welcome_120215Shropshire Criminal Justice  Forum,  ran an “Employ with Conviction” event  in Telford,  thanks to funding from the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner. Employ with Conviction has been developed by Shropshire Criminal Justice Forum, and this is its 3rd event. It aims to  demonstrate  the benefits to business and the wider community of employing people with a criminal conviction. http://www.employwithconviction.org/events/

  EWC_LauraJ_120215 Over 40 people attended  the event which was officially opened  by Cllr Shaun Davies  and Laura Johnston, Director of Children’s services (Telford & Wrekin). Presentations  were given  by Kully Chahal ( Department of Work and Pensions), on working with employers  and  Richard Williams and Rob Eyers who gave a personal journey through the  criminal justice system and the benefits to the employer , the community and to the individual of getting a “second chance” to escape  the cycle of crime through employment. Practical , local support  available to  employers and employees was  given by Kevin Marshall, Aquarius Contracts and development Officer.

 EWC_Audience_120215 EWC_CllrSD_120215Angela  Parton,  chair of the Shropshire Criminal Justice Forum and YSS Operations Director  said “We were delighted  that  Telford employers and partners supported this event, and hope that it will help them to consider ,  in their recruitment,  opportunities  for employing  people  with a criminal  conviction.”

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Angela Parton, Chair of the event listening to speakers. Photographs from Pauline James, Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly

EWC_PCC_1202115 bill longmoreBill Longmore, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, who attended  the event, added  “Finding work for people coming out of prison is vital. Re-offending rates currently are far too high, and one of the main reasons for this is that people come out of prison with no job, no home and no support network.” “I am pleased that this event addressed some of these things, and I’m sure some of the potential employers there were impressed with the presentations. I hope they will now consider giving more opportunities to offenders leaving prison, which will in turn benefit the whole community.”

The next event  will be held  on Thursday May 14 2015 in Oswestry. Please contact angela.parton@yss.org.uk   for further information

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