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Stockwell Park Jobs Fair: Runner Up in 2013 Award

Jan 01   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Community, Community Centre, Homepage Article, Information, Uncategorized Tags:

We are proud to report that the Stockwell Park Jobs Fair, based in our very own community centre and in association with the Met Police has featured as a runner up in the Howard League for Penal Reform: 2013 Community Programme Award, in the Children and Young People category.

 

howard league pc rowlandsRunner up: Stockwell Park Estate Job Fair, Metropolitan Police Service
It was found that the Stockwell Park Estate SW9 was rife with unemployment and yet young people in the area, known to the police, showed a willingness to change and work.

A jobs fair event that provides employment and opportunities to everyone, however, it is particularly tailored to approaching young people with a criminal record in gangs. The concept aims to divert young people away from crime and violence. Lambeth College, Pathways also offer free courses and training.

A group of 20 gang members were invited to attend the jobs fair and every single attendee got a job or apprenticeship and are still in that role. In addition 45 other members of the community got a job.

Another jobs fair event was held in February 2013:

  • 15 jobs given to gang members and young offenders, one who had been released from prison 2 days before
  • 82 jobs were given to local people in the community. 21 are still in their role

The project targets people between the ages of 18-24 who are known to the Police, are associated with a gang or have been released from prison.

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