Anyone wanting more information on how they can get involved with the scheme can get in touch with NACRO
, Bangor, on 01248 354 602
Both were desperate for work, and at their wits' end until they heard about new courses offered by NACRO
, the organisation with helps ex-prisoners and the long-term unemployed.
Yvonne Murray, basic skills co-ordinator at NACRO
Services, has joined the Get On North East campaign as a skills for life champion.
NACRO (The National Association for the Care and Re-Settlement of Offenders) has just published Making a Difference and Doing Something Positive, highlighting the important role played by volunteers from the community giving up their free time to make a difference to the lives of young people.
One such project identified by NACRO is the Deal Project in Walsall, where a large number of young people were identified as having problems with substance abuse and thus suffered from associated health problems.
It was organised by the Rugby Football Union, Liverpool Sport Action Zone (SAZ)and crime reduction agency NACRO
, with the aim of bringing the sport into inner city areas.
said the cost of running courses was pounds 165 to pounds 440 a year per participant, compared with the pounds 2,300 cost of a young person committing just one crime.
SPONSOR'S MESSAGE NACRO
has 38 education training centres throughout the country, which deliver vocational courses to give young people the skills and qualifications required to find a job that suits them.
This campaign is calling for employers to eliminate unfair discrimination against ex-offenders and, as such, NACRO
is establishing a group of employers, trade unionists and other interested groups to develop a long term strategy for eliminating unfair discrimination against ex-offenders.
Anne Hayes, Nacros Newcastle area manager, said: "Alcohol and drug misuse is one of the key causes of crime and reoffending.