RIFT Social Enterprise is a not-for-profit organisation supporting people with convictions who have either worked in construction, been self-employed or are ex-armed forces, and those who wish to become self-employed.
With around 84,550 people imprisoned in England and Wales, we’re looking over the edge of a major employment crisis.
Statistically speaking, just 26% of offenders are likely to find work on release from a prison sentence. With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why the reoffending rates for offenders are so high. Accommodation, debt, finance and mental health issues are some of the barriers that reduce the likelihood of offenders being able to re-enter the workforce or start their own businesses.
Over 50% of prisoners released go on to reoffend within the first 12 months of their release. For those serving sentences of under 12 months, those figures rise to 60%. All told, this is costing the taxpayer around £4.5 billion a year.
The social, economic and environmental benefits of supporting offenders to break the reoffending cycle are immense. RIFT Social Enterprise is building a pathway to sustainable employment for offenders both inside and outside of the prison walls.
To support this work, RIFT is looking to recruit a volunteer to act as a Fundaiser and Ambassador for the organisation.
For more information and to apply to volunteer, have a look at the volunteer role description: https://www.volunteerleicestershire.org.uk/opportunity/fundraiser-ambass...