Fulham’s football project at Feltham gains recognition
Prospects’ colleague, Michelle Glassup, is attending this year’s prestigious London Football Awards tonight, 2 March, alongside Roy Hodgson, John Terry, Moussa Dembele, and Dimitri Payet. Michelle is part of the Feltham Young Offenders Institute team working with Fulham Football Club Foundation (FCF) nominated for Community Project of the Year (sponsored by the Football Association).
The Fulham Work Hub Through the Gate project runs as part of a Football Changes Lives course aimed at supporting those who are hardest to reach. The project equips offenders with the skills and confidence they need to reintegrate into society post-release through enterprise and employability programmes. This mentoring improves their opportunities of getting into employment, education and training when they leave prison.
Last year the project worked with 113 young offenders, 22.6% of Feltham’s overall population. Of these, 13 participants are now in full time employment and 12 have entered education post release. A number of ex-offenders are also now working alongside Fulham FCF in the community. The average reoffending rate for Youth Offending Institutions is more than 70%, for those involved in this project the current rate is 17%.
The team involved have now shared the model and good practice with other prisons and their local football clubs including in the Netherlands.
Brenda Cabras, Prospects Director for Careers and Employment said of the nomination: “What fantastic recognition.”
To find out more about the work Prospects does supporting offenders in custody and ex-offenders in the community visit http://www.prospects.co.uk/WhatWeDo/OffenderManagement.aspx.