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CF03 Bicycle Initiative

Thursday, July 12th 2018

One of the core objectives of CF03 is to improve social inclusion. Many of the participants we are working with have experienced multiple difficulties accessing education and training - excluding them from finding better opportunities after release.

Our Case Managers work with individuals to guide them and provide advice and support with the aim of getting back into employment.  Participants are also offered accredited personal development and vocational courses.

Deb Earley, one of our CF03 Case Managers, came up with an innovative idea to help Approved Premises residents get to appointments, interviews and eventually their place of work.  She contacted the local Police Lost Property Department to see if she could acquire some bicycles and they offered her four.  Since then an ex-CF03 participant has also donated one.

An AP Resident said: “Working shifts, it was not always possible to use public transport and without the bike I would not have been able to start my job at a local company.  I can now get to work and feel like a different person with a direction to follow”.

Deb Earley said:  ‘I was glad to be able to facilitate the process of a participant being able to access and maintain sustained employment which will benefit him immensely in both a social and financial sense.  Any step to overcome barriers to work must be embraced".

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