Ex-offenders Tell Justice Minister How They Are Being Helped Back into Work

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Minister of State for Justice, Lord McNally heard how a local service has been exceeding targets to get ex offenders back into employment and training when he visited during the Liberal Democrat Party Conference, held in Birmingham this week.

The service, EESPro, is commissioned by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and provided by health and social care organisation, Turning Point.

Lord McNally heard how during the last two years, the service has supported 60 individuals into paid employment and volunteering opportunities, some of whom have a history of problematic drug use and have never worked until now. This is in face of the ongoing problems with the economy.

Turning Point's Director of Employment Services, John Mallalieu said;

"We were pleased to see the keen interest which Lord McNally took in Turning Point's EESPro service and the clients we support.  Services like these are vital, saving enormous costs to both the public purse and society as a whole through supporting ex offenders into employment and reducing the likelihood that they will reoffend."

Darren, 31 had been in and out of prison for ten years before he came to Turning Point EESPro but this time round he feels things are going to be different.

"This is the first time I've come out of prison and actually received the support I needed", said Darren.  "With the help of Turning Point, I have completed training and got my CSCS card which should help me to find work in the construction industry.  I've been off the drugs for a year now and feel so much better now that I'm putting something back into society, rather than taking away from it."

Justice Minister, Lord McNally said;
"Meeting the ex offenders whom Turning Point is helping to rehabilitate and find work for has been a real inspiration. It just goes to show that with the right support, even the more prolific offenders are able turn their lives around and reintegrate back into society."