Dorset Reclaim is one of 14 organisations across the south that has received funding from Southern Co-op’s Safer Neighbourhood Fund chosen to help our work in reducing the causes of crime.
We will be running a programme later this year for a small number of ex-offenders to work with the charity to gain new skills, have certificated training, and gain from the experience of volunteering with a local community based charity. Previous experience has shown us that working in a team and being part of a positive organisation working for local people can help change outlooks and expectations and therefore future behaviour.
Ray Tovey, Chairman of Dorset Reclaim’s trustees, said: “We are very hands on and provide a variety of roles to suit all aspects of practical work and help people get back into a routine of work & volunteering which will benefit the community as a whole.
“The funding will allow us to access external courses, provide internal training and supply necessary equipment for the individuals to help them with future employment and boost self worth. We hope to involve local partners who may want to refer someone they think will benefit.”