At HMP Bullingdon, Oxfordshire’s largest prison, the rate of re-offending for people with less than 12 months’ sentence is 61%. This is a major issue facing our county and Aspire has launched an innovative new project to reduce re-offending in Oxfordshire.
The project, named Through the Gate, will see Aspire’s support workers engaging with ex-offenders before they leave prison and upon release. We will provide them with intensive support, training, work experience on our social enterprises and confidence building to support them into employment. This ground-breaking project was given a major funding boost of over £50,000, including a £25,000 grant from Jean Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust and generous support from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Property Act Fund. Former High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Tom Birch Reynardson, also raised a phenomenal £20,000 by organising a highly successful lecture given by Jonathan Aitken at Said Business School. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Tom Birch Reynardson and our grant making funders for their tremendous support.