Launch of YSS “Good Stuff ” Enterprise: YSS is delighted to receive £10,000 award from Drapers Company Charitable Trust

The “Good Stuff” project is a Worcestershire wide offender sheltered employment and personal development service aimed at 16-24 year olds who are at highest risk of re-offending, who have complex multiple needs and are furthest away from the employment market.

The project is holistic and integrated across the 7 reducing re-offending pathways that aims to improve life opportunities and to secure employment for offenders. The service will be offered for those being released from custody and those at risk of re-entering the Criminal Justice system.

YSS has a training and enterprise centre in the heart of Worcester city and we are developing a commercial cafe within the centre.  This grant money will be for the capital costs to complete the cafe, we have already secured 6k but additional funding was required for the final equipment: such as dishwasher, extractor fan, electronic point of sale till system, chiller cabinets and remedial repairs to serving counter, plumbing, & decoration  This will then enable the cafe to open to the public, and will offer a rolling programme of paid and work placement opportunities for offenders in a fully functioning cafe. This has been backed up by an independent feasibility study which supported this model and shows sustainability.

We envisage taking on 6 apprentices in the first year (2 x cohorts of 3 for 6 months), offering a rolling programme of  two week work placements to offenders aged 16-24, and also offering volunteering opportunities to offenders.

  • Rob Smith YSS CEO said “This is an exciting and innovative project  and  we are excited   to recieve support to get this  project off the ground.
  • The Good Stuff  enterprise also  includes a second hand furuniture restoration  project  producing  shabby chic  furniture, and  this is based in  our YSS Training and Enterprise centre in Worcester too. Initially this furniture  project is  for women offenders.”
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