Cyrenians are undertaking research to inform the development of a new project, Prepare, Support and Sustain (PSS). As part of this, they have created an online survey, and are looking for input, especially from those in the third sector. The survey should take 5 minutes to complete.
There will also be a focus group held on Monday 27th November, 2pm – 4pm at CVS Falkirk’s office, Unit 6, Callendar Business Park, Falkirk, FK1 1XR, for those looking to discuss their feedback in more detail.
PSS aims to maximise volunteering, employment and training opportunities for people with convictions, and has been funded through the Aspiring Communities Fund.
The initial focus of the project is to talk to potential service users, communities and organisations about what a service might look like that is designed to prepare, support and sustain volunteering, work and training.
At least one third of the adult male population and one in10 adult women in Scotland have a criminal record and research shows that, once someone has a conviction, it is much harder for them to access volunteering, employment and training. Research also shows that these are the very opportunities that might help someone reduce of stop their offending. Cyrenians believe it is important to understand what the barriers are for both individuals and organisations.
The PSS project is specifically looking to support individuals who are coming to the end of their involvement in the criminal justice system and who are keen to break the cycle of their offending and move on with their lives. Volunteering in particular can be a positive opportunity for people who wish to give back to their community and gain valuable experience and confidence along the way.
The project aims to reduce barriers and promote volunteering alongside employment and training as routes out of the criminal justice system.
To complete the online survey, please visit the SurveyMonkey page.
For further information, please contact Martha O’Carroll by phone: 01324 633413 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org