The Horticulture Industry Scheme' project THIS WORKS has been awarded £26,415 by the LIFT programme to support 15 unemployed ex- offenders and prisoners on day- release to train and gain work experience in 2018-19
Funded under our LIFT Jobs grant scheme THIS Works is a project run by two former HM Prison Service professionals Georgina Keatley and Tim Melvin and will benefit 15 unemployed ex- offenders and prisoners on day- release from Norwich, Wayland and other prisons who have a connection to the Brecks area. The men and women will be offered training, work experience, rehabilitation support and in some cases paid employment within a working horticultural business. The THIS market garden is on a plot of land donated by Thetford’s Charles Burrell Community Centre and has already secured contracts to supply their produce to local restaurants.
THIS Works will also engage with local employers and reassure them that those who have benefited from the project, and who are determined to turn their life around, have proved themselves worthy of a chance for longer term employment. The aim is to get at least 7 out of the 15 participants a job within 6 months of leaving the project.