Our head of social value, Sasha Simmonds, set off early to visit HMP Hindley in Wigan where Chris Nuttall put on an amazing event. Everyone was welcomed with a goodie bag, and a very tasty “Builders Breakie” was put on by the team at Wates Group. This was followed with a chat by a very positive Governor & Head of Reducing Reoffending. Next up was a tour of the prison workshops, and finally a speed dating style meet for some men that were due for release to finish the day off.
Josie Dowling attended a Construction Job Fair at HMP Sudbury and had the pleasure of meeting perspective candidates for both ROTL & release.
HMP Ford was visited by Director Ciaran Hoey, who stepped in like a trooper, accompanied by Martine Whale-Corbett from Willmott Dixon where they were taken for a tour of Ford and their incredible Construction academies. They then were put through their paces as they gave a talk to a room of 44 men, while offering one to one chats for those who wanted them.
HMP Liverpool was visited on a freezing cold day but Lea Sadledein, Prison Employment Lead, managed to produce a great turn out from companies such as ISG & Laing O'Rourke. The catering team put on an incredible spread, including some very tasty cupcakes. The day involved a tour of the academies where the men can gain a variety of City & Guild’s qualifications and a little speed interview with the men that will soon be going home.
All in all, we had a very busy but very successful 2 weeks.