The money raised will help more young people trapped in the cycle of offending, get out. We employ ONLY young offenders and all the money raised will be used to create more job opportunities for more young people. All the people involved behind the scenes are volunteers and we have one paid co-ordinator who has come through the Northumbria University Graduates into Employment scheme. Our aim is to expand across England and Wales. To do this we need start up funds. Over time each team becomes sustainable thanks to contracts agreed with local public, private and voluntary sector customers. Thanks to your help our approach will help young people stop offending. It is an already proven model with less than 10% re-offending rate compared with 70% nationally for serious and persistent offenders. That means less victims and young people with much brighter and productive futures!
The Skill Mill works by undertaking water and land based management tasks, helping to reduce flood risks and improve the local environment. The young people involved gain invaluable practical real work experience, a nationally recognised qualification, and further opportunities for progression. The young people take part for six months. The benefits of participation go as far as improved mental and physical wellbeing, development of communication skills and a strong boost of self-esteem. Many of the young people go on to further education, training, and employment. This significantly increases their life chances, and offers the opportunity to divert from a life of crime.