My name is Paul and with Roger and Sikander we founded Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust in 2004 when we noticed that many young people wanted to engage with our prison chaplaincy team which helped change their thinking and behaviour. However, a few months after release we noticed that three quarters of them returned because they had no support in the community.
We spoke with many who told us that if they had a person to help and advise them, even point them in the direction of jobs and training and sometimes a place of worship, they thought they could make it.
Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust was born to support young ex-offenders in every borough of London. We are a small charity that employs community chaplains who recruit volunteer mentors and young people from the prison and match them together and support them. In 2016 an independent report showed that three quarters of those we worked with did not return to prison and even many of those who did, did so having either broken licence conditions or committing less serious offences.
In recent times we have found it harder to raise the necessary funds but have successfully reorganised to cope. We are currently supported by BBC Children in Need and recently finished grant funding from the National Lottery Fund. We would like your help to keep this valued work going well into the future.
Here is an example of what we do .....