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HMPPS CFO3 - employment programme for hard to reach groups

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The HMPPS Co-financing Organisation Round 3 programme (HMPPS CFO3) is helping disengaged and socially excluded individuals with a history of offending to enter mainstream services or employment.

The programme offers a fresh approach to work, education and training as it also addresses a participant’s personal barriers to finding and keeping a job. These can include issues such as drug and alcohol problems, family breakdown, homelessness or health.

By helping participants with every aspect of their lives, participants will be able to return to their communities with an improved skill set to help them stop reoffending.

How is CFO3 funded?

The project is receiving up to £31,369,029 of funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions manages the English ESF programme.

The ESF helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects will support innovation, businesses, skills development, job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

For more information visit the European Social Fund website.

What is Change Grow Live’s role in CFO3?

Change Grow Live is working in alliance with the charity Shaw Trust to deliver CFO3 contracts in London and the East of England and with Ixion Holdings in Staffordshire and the West Midlands. A network of other local and national organisations, offering specialist services within the programme, supports delivery.  

Both Change Grow Live, Ixion and Shaw Trust have a strong record of accomplishment and expertise in supporting people who are facing disadvantage to find work, gain skills and take control of their futures. 

Change Grow Live and Shaw Trust share a common vision of a society where everyone has the opportunity for inclusion and independence.

Who does the CFO3 help?

The alliance is working with participants who belong to the following groups:

In London

  • Women exploited by the sex industry
  • People who have committed a sexual offence
  • Service users with significant debt problems
  • Non-English speakers from the EU
  • Service users with Dual Diagnosis/Mental Health
  • Young people aged 16-18 years old, including young people involved with gangs
  • Men aged 16-24 who are not in education, employment or training.
  • Mentoring from trained volunteers

In the East of England

  • People serving life sentences
  • People with personality disorders
  • Ex-armed forces personnel
  • Women
  • People who have committed a sexual offence 
  • Mentoring from trained volunteers

Staffordshire and the West Midlands

  • Support for 18-21-year-olds in custody and community
  • Young people aged 16-18 years old, including young people involved with gangs
  • Supporting those participants who have experience of the care system
  • Supporting participants who would like to gain training or employment
  • Mentoring from trained volunteers

What does the programme offer?

Participants will benefit from:

  • Intensive case management – incorporating low caseloads, with further case management support provided to individuals with particularly complex needs.
  • Employability support
  • Access to a Personal Sponsor, community-based mentors, Substance Misuse Recovery Peer Mentors and Recovery Coaches who provide one to one support
  • Skills training  
  • Work experience
  • Supported referrals to mainstream activity

What are the core activities?

  • Obtaining ID

  • Securing a bank account

  • Personal development

  • Motivation training

  • Accommodation support

  • Money management training

  • Industry-specific cards and certificates

  • Short courses and training

  • Placements

  • Employability training

  • Advice on disclosure for job applications

  • Self-employment advice

  • In-work support

Where is the CFO3 programme delivered?

All areas can benefit from the support of trained Change, Grow, Live volunteer mentors as part of the programme. Mentors can work one to one providing bespoke support in custody and community, providing help with a range of activities from accompanying participants to appointments, helping with accommodation and providing a sympathetic ear.

The alliance is working in a number of prisons including:

  • HMP Brixton
  • HMP Isis
  • HMP Pentonville
  • HMP Wandsworth
  • YOI Cookham Wood
  • YOI Feltham
  • HMP Hollesley Bay
  • HMP Peterborough
  • HMP Bure
  • HMP Littlehey
  • HMP Warren Hill
  • HMP Wayland
  • HMP Brinsford
  • HMP YOI Werrington
  • HMP Featherstone
  • HMP Dovegate
  • HMP Drake Hall
  • HMP Hewell
  • HMP Swinfen Hall
  • HMP Stoke Heath

For more information about CFO3 please use our contact form.

Read more about Change Grow Live’s work in prisons