60% of short-term prisoners re-offend within a year of release, costing society up to £11 billion per year. Reducing reoffending is critical to protecting communities from crime and achieving a more efficient criminal justice system.
To get the best outcome for individuals and communities, greater collaboration and coordination is required between the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Sustainable Investments: Prisons & Communities Conference aims to bring together representatives from business, Government and community organisations to share ideas and best practices for reducing reoffending and supporting offenders to successfully re-integrate back into society.
Held in partnership with BT and hosted by Business Connectors, Maria Desmond (Business Connector for Leyland) and Vikki Bendle (Business Connector for Cornwall), this cross-sector event aims to increase collaborative action to reduce reoffending - for the benefit of individuals and communities.
10:00am – Guests arrive
10.30am – opening speech from BT and Business in the Community
10:45am – Panel session one: Supporting the families of ex-offenders. Speakers from Prison Radio, Bang the Drum, OneLifetoLive, HMP Kirkham and Story Book Dads.
11.15am – Break and networking
11:30am – Panel session two: The value of employment. Speakers from Nacro, Eversheds, Interserve, Ricoh and Business in the Community.
12:00pm – Lunch and networking
12:30pm – Panel session three: Innovative solutions to supporting prisoners. Speakers from Mind the Gap, Clearaims, 3Media, Dovegate Prison.
13:15pm – Panel session four: What more can be done to reduce reoffending beyond employment? Speakers from Konnect Kernow, HMP Kirkham, Recycling Lives, and Jobs, Friends, Houses
13:45pm – Break out sessions
14.45pm – Closing remarks
15:00pm – Event finishes
Please register to attend via Eventbrite
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