Employment training and life skills for ex-offenders boosted by £115,000 grant
A Westminster charity’s work to offer young male ex-offenders a brighter future is set to benefit from a £115,000 grant from City Bridge Trust.

Key4Life has been awarded the grant by the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder to boost its work in helping reduce youth reoffending rates and change the lives of young male ex-offenders in the capital.

The money will fund a programme to help young men about to leave prison with life-skills and employment training in HMP Brixton. As well as equipping the ex-offenders with valuable life skills and building their confidence through therapy, music and football, the money will be used to forge links with employers who may not have previously considered recruiting ex-offenders. 
 

Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:

“Everyone deserves a second chance to change their life for the better, and this programme will help these young men to gain more self-confidence and become assets to their communities.
 
We are proud to support Key4Life’s important work in providing them with the mentorship and motivation that they need in order to turn their lives around. 
 
“City Bridge Trust is committed to making London a fairer place to work and live in.”

 

Eva Hamilton MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Key4Life, said:  

“City Bridge Trust will be supporting Key4Life to reduce rates of offending in London, in particular, our work with HMP Brixton to support young men both pre- and post- their release from prison.
 
“We launched Key4Life in response to the London riots in 2011, and the charity provides another chance to young people who have been involved with crime, including mentoring and help to secure employment.
 
“With the rise in knife crime on the streets, it’s more important than ever to divert London’s young people away from criminality, and into jobs and meaningful activity.” 

 

The Ministry of Justice indicates that the overall re-offending rate for adult and juvenile offenders released from custody is between 29% to 32%, with the rate more than doubling among 16 to 24-year-old men, many of whom return to prison within one year of release.City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of the City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates. It is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.The Trust has awarded around 7,900 grants totalling over £380million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City of London Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.