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Jul 28 2015
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Today the Cabinet Office celebrates its 300th Point of Light!

To mark the milestone of these awards that acknowledge outstanding volunteers,

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 16.27.01 they have designed this graphic. Look carefully and following her award earlier in the year Fran has made it onto the image! Top left of the 2nd zero!

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T shirt thanks to Axis

Jul 28 2015
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We are always grateful to a partner for taking ownership of a tangible item and the T shirts currently used in our training centre were funded and co- branded by Axis.

Furthermore director Joe Ibrahim visited the centre to deliver a truly inspirational talk to the guys who thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic illuminating morning giving them the drive to aspire to a job on release.Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 14.46.33

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The Official Opening

Jul 14 2015
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It was brilliant to return to the Clink Restaurant a year on for another fabulous breakfast launch party to officially open our Dry Lining Centre. The wonderful Tom Watt hosted the event and interviewed one of our long standing cohorts, Tremaine who has been through both our courses. Over 100 attendees toured both centres and heard from Val Lowman (Be Onsite) and Debbie Akehurst (Land Securities) how the vision of training to fulfill a construction industry skill shortage has become a reality with the opening of our centre.

We are delighted that the centre is doing so well so soon as this

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Our Dry Lining Centre in HMP Brixton

May 18 2015
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Our new Dry Lining Training Course has now commenced in HMP Brixton with participants embarking upon the introduction and theory side pending final completion of the bespoke training centre.

This is the first time a Dry LScreen Shot 2015-05-18 at 11.38.56ining course will run in a London prison in part due to the practical logistics of transporting the vast amounts of materials required and also the cost. Thanks to some phenomenal support from Knauff and Encon and others featured here it has become possible for us to open the centre and offer inmates of Brixton the opportunity to learn this sought after skill.

The programme is targeted to train 70 participants per academic year and offers those referred whilst in custody the opportunity to participate in the CITB C Skills course in Dry Lining to Diploma Level 2.  Having gained a construction skills qualification whilst in custody, cohorts are well positioned to enter the construction industry work force immediately upon release. This is a major step in bridging the gap from prison to employment as we are further supported by construction industry partners.

 

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Our holistic approach in operation

Mar 02 2015
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Congratulations to Tremaine on his job appointment with Measom.     Tremaine went through our training course in July of last year in HMP Brixton and went on to work with us whilst on ROTL.  In conjunction with ourselves and our partners Land Securities and BeOnSite he has steadily progressed whilst working on sites and has recently completed the SBWA (Sector Based Work Academy) at City of Westminster College.  We are delighted that his dedication has been rewarded and he is a wonderful example of a participant really maximising the opportunities from start to finish that we offer. From training in custody, he then went through the voluntary work process, worked with us and our partners on some big sites as a ROTL team member, received further training to gain extra qualifications to ultimately achieve a job opportunity with a major construction group.

It is fantastic to see such examples of our complete offering being  fully utilised. We really wish him all the best.

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“Points of Light” award presented to Francesca

Feb 10 2015
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We are delighted that Francesca has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Points of Light awards recognise outstanding people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. The Prime Minister makes daily announcements of the winners to celebrate their achievements, encourage and promote volunteering and the value that it brings to the country.

“Through Bounce Back, Fran has tackled the very serious problem of re-offending with impressive results. The skills and training she provides has given over 400 people a chance to turn their lives around and attracted support from partners including the Ministry of Justice, Comic Relief and Alliance Boots. I’m pleased to make Fran a Point of Light today.”

(Rt Hon David Cameron MP Prime Minister). 

“Bounce Back has grown to become an enormously popular route to rehabilitation with over 500 referrals a year.  By offering real jobs they act as a valuable bridge and support people from prison into employment. Bounce Back courses also include voluntary work experience in the community and NVQ qualifications in Painting and Decorating.

Weldeab, an original member of the first ex-offender team from HMP Wandsworth in 2010 –  now a trainer in the Bounce Back centre in HMP Brixton – said: “Bounce Back has changed my life, thanks to them I have grown from a painter and decorator to a senior trainer in the centre in HMP Brixton.“It has helped me to stay away from crime and given me and my family real hope for a positive future.”

Fran Findlater said: “I’m delighted to receive this Point of Light award. It’s a wonderful recognition of the dedication and hard work of the entire Bounce Back team. “Our straightforward aim is to help as many ex-offenders as possible get their lives back onto a crime free track and reduce the burden of re-offending on society.””

 

 

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Another great job with Boots

Jan 26 2015
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Probably our best ever before and after image… Boots, Liverpool Street Extensionphoto[1]

We are so grateful that contractor JM Scully have actively engaged with us to integrate our    painters into their workforce since our presentation last year at their Reducing Re-offending Taskforce Meeting.

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Liverpool St Station is the third store we have decorated with them following on from Kensington High St and Twickenham. One of our guys single handedly carried out and completed all of the decorations working through the night for 5 nights alongside all of the other trades.

We look forward to working again on upcoming projects in and around the London area.

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Working with Paint 360 to help the environment

Jan 26 2015
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We have partnered Paint 360 to add to our offering and work together towards delivering sustainable solutions to the work we do. Paint 360 re-engineer waste water based paint back into high quality emulsions for the trade. They are so passionate about what they do that they commissioned Carbon Footprints Ltd to undertake a verification of emissions calculation for their recycling. Confirmed calculations state that using 1,000 litres of Paint 360’s product saves 1.3 tonnes of CO2e which is equivalent to approx. 4,000 miles driven in an average van!

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“Driving jobs through Social Enterprise” our piece featured by Social Justice

Jan 19 2015
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by Francesca Findlater, CEO, Bounce Back

As a social enterprise as well as a charity, Bounce Back is a painting and decorating business that trains and employs ex-offenders.  It is also a great example of an organisation that has flourished due to its social enterprise status.

The entrenched social problems that are endemic when people leave prison are dramatically alleviated when a job is a realistic possibility.  With a re-offending rate of under15% in an environment where 60% is the norm, Bounce Back is challenging the perception of the re-offending ‘revolving door’.  More than that, it is offering an alternative to the cost of keeping someone in prison.

Being a social enterprise or ‘business’ means we can do more. 

We have a natural progression from training into employment within our own organisation, as well as with other employers.  In addition our training centre in HMP Brixton provides qualifications before release so we can focus on paid work for people when they leave custody. In addition we are shortly re-opening our community training centre to offer more top up courses and continual training and qualifications.

Over 13,000 additional painters and decorators and 36,400 additional employees overall in the construction sector are required by 2018 to meet the growing demand (CITB Construction Skills Network).

There are over 80,000 people currently in prison.  This provides a pool of potential trainee workers that the construction industry is keen to tap into.  Providing jobs in construction for people leaving prison has the potential to change the employment landscape dramatically, whilst reducing re-offending and saving government and taxpayers’ money.

Bounce Back’s partnerships with large housing associations, construction companies and corporates have enabled us to drive our message home.  Both the need of the industry and also being part of what is often referred to as an exciting, vibrant ‘movement’  helps drive enthusiasm to employ our professional painters and decorators and enforce our message – ‘Give people a job and see them in a different light’.

We also have the advantage of being very easy to use.

In an age where people are now choosing to make a difference through everyday spending and thinking about the organisations they employ to deliver their services, we offer a solution.  Investment in corporate responsibility has grown with employers increasing spend in areas they can see will make a genuine change to society.  Both these things, enhanced by the growing impact of the Social Value Act, enable us to obtain work and keep an ever growing team of professional ex-offenders employed.

Success doesn’t mean that there aren’t challenges. Placing the emphasis on tackling a social problem by re-investing profits into the social cause comes with its own demands. In order to grow to respond to the interest from prisons and organisations nationwide, social investment is an inevitable next step.

The Bounce Back painting and decorating service is, principally, a business.

It strives to deliver to a quality and standard of professionalism that is expected by its clients.  As with all social enterprises, it is essential to comply with the tough demands of the construction industry and it has put in place systems to respond to the completion of accreditations and compliances, enabling us to be a sub-contractor which is fundamental to success and growth.

Above all, we strive to change lives.  People with the most to prove are often the ones who work the hardest and achieve the most.  Giving them an opportunity can often be sound business sense as we have discovered.

To find out more visit www.bouncebackproject.com. To employ our professional painting and decorating teams on domestic or commercial sites get in touch at info@bouncebackproject.com.

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Project Shoreditch

Jan 08 2015
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This year sees the start of an exciting new project for Bounce Back – Project Shoreditch. FullSizeRender

The exciting task involves the re-decoration of this magnificent listed, historic building.

This will run over the next year and is hugely significant being the first time the building has been painted since the 1970’s.  Work is underway combining the skills of a strong team comprising ROTL’s, trainees and supervisors to ensure the first phase is completed by the end of this month.

The project represents a unique opportunity for Bounce Back to give our painters and decorators a highly aspirational job that will require them to hone their skills and add to their employability as they work along side a number of additional professionals. Furthermore we will invite other ex-offender organisations and local community groups to work alongside them.

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  • “Bounce Back is, above all, about its people. What is known is that a job and income on release is fundamental to success in coping with day to day life and preventing re-offending. Our drive to change perception in employers and clients is reaping rewards and our professional team is working around London and the Home Counties.

    The mutual trust and respect at the core of our values reflects the growing belief in giving social enterprises and socially disadvantaged people an opportunity to succeed and thrive. We are just one stage in this development, the determination of our participants to start a new life and move on is a formidable ingredient in the recipe for success."

    Francesca Findlater, Founder/Chairman

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