The Victor Project which provides employment and training for ex service, ex offenders continues to go from strength to strength. We were therefore delighted to welcome Rt Hon Chris Grayling, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford when they came to talk to some of the Victor participants and stakeholders.
The project is delivered through a partnership between Blue Sky who have been running projects for ex offenders for many years and RBLI, whose expertise with Armed Forces personnel is well established. Working with unemployed veterans who have also been in prison, the project provides employment and training in grounds maintenance.
The project is supported by a number of organisations, including the Forces in Mind Trust with a view to extending the number of projects operating to many more potential beneficiaries across a wider geographical area.
We are looking forward to the launch of the first Victor Project, based on a partnership initiative that RBLI has developed with Blue Sky. The first of these projects goes live in Medway on 16th April. Blue Sky is a well respected charity working with ex offenders to provide training and development through employment. We’ve combined our expertise in the ex Service environment to launch Victor – providing training, development and work to ex offenders with an Armed Forces background. This first project will be to provide grounds maintenance services to Medway Council, who hope that the project will help them meet their objective of reducing re-offending in Medway.
RBLI is delighted to be working in partnership with Blue Sky, an organisation which shares our objective of providing independence through sustained employment. Blue Sky was selected as the Number 10 Downing Street Volunteer Partner for 2011, recognising their contribution to Big Society objectives and acknowledged at a recent reception hosted by Rt Hon David Cameron.
We hope this will be the first of many successful projects delivered in partnership with Blue Sky; we are already working on the next one which we hope to be able to detail soon.