Location: Leeds

Offploy has received funding from the ESF Community Grants programme to run new project, ‘Second Chances’ – an initiative that will reach ex-offenders living in Leeds and provide tailored, one to one support to empower participants to make positive changes in their lives.

Second Chances is a six-month project, targeting the hardest to reach ex-offenders who do not feel employment is a realistic prospect and help them to work towards training and employment opportunities.

ESF Community Grants, administered by community charity, Groundwork, provides grants to small organisations in the voluntary and community sector to provide support to unemployed and inactive individuals to engage them and move them towards employment through packages of training and support.

Peter Murphy, Operations Director at Groundwork, said:

We are pleased to see the growing variety of funded projects that are benefiting from ESF Community Grants. We look forward to seeing the positive results from the Second Chances project that will go along way in supporting individuals in need.

Richard Strauss, Offploy’s Strategic Development Lead, said:

We’re thrilled to have been awarded this contract to deliver a project in Leeds which follows hot on the heels of our DWP contract in the city. The funding will allow us to provide hope and opportunity to those hardest to reach ex-offenders and provide them with the support necessary to bring about positive change for them and their families.

Find out more about ESF Community Grants.