We facilitate employment and training, not as a short-term fix, but as a vehicle to independence and personal growth.
We work with our ‘Oswinners’ prior and post-release helping them to grow away from offending in order to put a wedge in the revolving door of re-offending.
Mentoring is offered and goals are discussed and set, plans constructed, and encouragement is given. A route into employment is found and lives are transformed.
The impact of the Oswin Project is evaluated through case studies, showing the journey of an individual.
Changes in attitudes, relationships, and the wider effects are recorded and analysed. Central to this is:
- The Oswinner
- The Oswinner’s family
- Their local community
- The economy
Interaction accompanied by questionnaires and case studies enables us to measure outcomes and societal impact.
5 key criteria are focused on
- Independence and confidence (i.e. being in control of their lives)
- Knowledge (how well informed they feel about things that are important to them)
- Being good at what they do
- Being connected to wider social groups
- Well being
In each journey, there are short and long term outcomes that need to be accounted for and monitored. An Oswinner may appear to have achieved a positive outcome when employed, however, it is our aim to evaluate maintained stability in the longer term.
A negative outcome is recorded when an Oswinner is recalled to prison. However, account will be taken of their progress, reducing offending often being a stage on the road to stopping offending. The Oswinner will be encouraged and advised on how to use their time in prison constructively. This will aid purpose and positivity while in prison and assist in them gaining employment on release.
By enabling Oswinners to fulfil their potential there are benefits for their families, communities, and society. An Oswinner becomes a contributor, creating positive change for themselves and others.