Seetec Pluss and Livewell South West launches scheme to help probation service users
Seetec Pluss, one of the UK’s leading providers of employability and health services, have partnered with Livewell South West to launch a pilot scheme in Plymouth.
The project is aimed at helping probation service users with mental health conditions find and progress in jobs once released from prison.
Each user will be given the opportunity of one-to-one support for up to six months, with a personalised health and wellbeing support programme.
Wellbeing 4 Work are set to offer specialist mental health support through a change coach. Officers from the Plymouth base of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall (DDC) Probation Services will be referring offenders to the scheme.
The programme is designed to complement other rehabilitation commitments and services that the former convicts already use.
Statistics show that employment can play a major role in rehabilitation and can also reduce the number of reoffenders.
Chris Harrison, Executive Director of Employability for Seetec Pluss, said: “We are delighted to be working with colleagues in DDC Probation Services to provide specialist mental health and wellbeing supported employment, along with Livewell South West.
“Together we’ll provide employment opportunities for service users in Plymouth to find, progress and retain employment.
“Only 17% of ex-offenders find work within a year of release, but this is something we are determined to change.
"Helping our users to gain skills, confidence and value through work will empower them to take full control and get life back on track.”
The pilot will run for a year working to secure sustainable employment for ex-offenders.