The Safer Neighbourhood Fund, a scheme by our partners The Southern Co-op was recently highlighted by The Portsmouth News.
The report says; “working in Portsmouth and Southampton, The Society of St James has helped 23 ex-offenders learn new life and social skills, helping them to find jobs, become volunteers, and reconnect with family.
The society has brought in members of the community to teach brick-laying, woodworking, landscaping, painting, decorating and training in the skills of using hand and power tools.
One individual supported by the work said: ‘I want to say thank you. It has had a big part in my recovery and has kept me occupied. It took my mind off things when I have been at my lowest and struggled with cravings. It has made me realise I am not all bad. It’s about being able to give something back.”
You may also be interested in our success alongside the Southern Co-op with our award win in 2020.