A charity based in Brixton which equips prison inmates with construction skills to aid their rehabilitation into society after being released has welcomed a boot donation from Tideway.
Over 40 pairs of high-quality second-hand work boots were donated to Bounce Back by the team at Tideway's Kirtling Street site in Battersea.
Tom Travers, Legacy Lead said: “This fulfils two aims we have – firstly it minimises waste generated by the project and secondly it contributes to the advancement of surrounding communities. We hope this helps Bounce Back in its mission to keep people out of prison and turn their hands to working in our industry.”
Equipping inmates with skills improves their employability prospects on release and also reduces rates of reoffending. The benefits of this are apparent when you look at the statistics: reoffending costs the UK economy £15 billion each year and keeping one person in prison for a year costs the tax payer £40,000.
Francesca Findlater, Bounce Back CEO said: “It’s important that the trainees at the prisons we operate in can learn safely and get a feel for the PPE they would wear on real-world construction sites. We’re grateful to Tideway Central for this addition to our inventory and look forward to rehabilitating more individuals through the Tideway project in the future.