Feltham's work with Fulham wins footballing award
Prospects work with Fulham Football Club Foundation (FFCF) has won recognition at this year’s prestigious London Football Awards. Michelle Glassup represented Prospects at the prestigious event 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 who won the Community Project of the Year award 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. When young offenders complete their custodial sentences at Feltham, they are provided with one-to-one and group support by FFCF. With this support, a plan for the future is made with participants to find employment by helping with job searches and writing applications.
Young offenders are able to gain accreditations through the project including:
• OCR Enterprise Academy Entry Level Certificate in Business and Enterprise
• FA Level 1 in Coaching
• Level 2 BTEC Award in Football Industries
• Level 2 Health and Safety at Work
• Community Sports Leaders Award
• Level 1 in Personal Development for Employability
Research shows a considerable drop in the re-offending rate for participants on the programme showing the positive impact the programme is having on both the community and ex-offenders. 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.
Michelle comments: “Over the past two years we have all worked hard to continue and improve the working practice of this programme. Gaining hundreds of accreditations and having numerous success stories of those engaging with the offer of mentoring on release. We were delighted the programme was duly recognised and nominated for Community Project of the Year at the London Football Awards 2017 and even more thrilled to win.”
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.