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“Tech4PrisonLeavers” launches to support men leaving prison with digital skills

The Digital Poverty Alliance and Intel have partnered with Trailblazers Mentoring Charity to launch “Tech4PrisonLeavers”, a scheme which offers younger ex-offenders with entry to expertise and digital skills.

The marketing campaign is ready to present a bunch of 25 men leaving Her Majesty’s Young Offender’s Institution at Brinsford prison in Wolverhampton with gadgets, connectivity, skills and mentoring so as to give them higher entry to employment alternatives and life skills upon launch.

The scheme is geared toward men solely, as they make up a vastly disproportionate quantity of the prison inhabitants within the UK at practically 95 per cent. Furthermore, a number of research have proven that re-entry into society is much more difficult for younger male adults, and this group is repeatedly forgotten about, and never outfitted with sufficient support after leaving prison.

In truth, earlier research highlighted that 40 per cent of younger men launched from prison into the group should not have entry to training or coaching, while 47 per cent are with out entry to the web.

The scheme, introduced to life by $150,000 of funding from Intel, will present devoted support for younger individuals inside their first 12 months of leaving prison. The influence of the undertaking will then be evaluated by the Institute for Community Research and Development on the University of Wolverhampton.

Following the scheme, Digital Poverty Alliance will share their findings with the Government so as to showcase the influence of tackling digital poverty, observing components comparable to re-offending charges, with a view to a wider roll out program in future.

The Digital Poverty Alliance are additionally working with a coalition of companions, together with Vodafone, CGI, Nacro, iDEA, Capgemini and We Are Digital. Together they are going to be offering sensible help by gadgets, knowledge, coaching and mentorship.

Elizabeth Anderson, COO at Digital Poverty Alliance, stated: “There are currently 6,500 people who leave prison every year and the re-offending rate for young people in the 18-25 age bracket is 38.4 per cent. We believe that by tackling digital poverty among this cohort we can help people get back on their feet and move forwards. We are proud to partner with Trailblazers and our coalition of supporting organisations to offer support to this group of young people.”

Julia Alexander, Acting CEO at Trailblazers Mentoring Charity, added: “This project will allow us to continue offering ‘through the gate’ support, ongoing practical support and volunteer mentoring in the community for up to 12 months post-release.”

“We already saw in our previous work that re-offending rates for Trailblazers mentees is 8 per cent within one year of release and 10 per cent withing two years, verses a nation rate of 25.7 per cent in the first year of release for male offenders. We hope to further reduce these figures by reconnecting male offenders with the tools and support they need to be reintroduced to society.”

Amanda Hughes, Governor HMP & YOI Brinsford, concluded: “Our priority is to successfully resettle young adults in the best possible way to prevent further re-offending. Digital technology is a key part of day-to-day living, it is important that this group are not left behind. This is an excellent initiative that we are delighted to be part of.”