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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 individual 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 return to their communities with an improved skillset 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 CGL’s role in CFO3?

Change Grow Live (CGL) is working in alliance with the charity Shaw Trust to deliver CFO 3 contracts in London and the East of England. A network of other local and national organisations, offering specialist services within the programme, supports delivery.  

Both Change Grow Live 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.

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 

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?

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

For more information about CFO3 please use our contact form.

Read more about CGL’s work in prisons