Community Foundation to assist HMYOI Wetherby in Offender Rehabilitation

Guiseley Community Foundation, are embarking on an ambitious programme to run Coaching Sessions in the Youth Offender Institution at Wetherby in conjunction with Novus – Foundations for Change, Wetherby PE Staff and supported by Foundation Sponsor Golley Slater PRM.

Novus have been delivering education, training and employment opportunities to adults and young people in UK prisons for over two decades.

Legendary ex Guiseley AFC central defender and now Academy and Community coach Danny Ellis will be attending HMYOI Wetherby from mid-February on Monday mornings for an initial 12 week programme.

He will work with a group of up to 16 young men and take them through rigorous football training sessions building to Sports Leader Qualifications or FA Level 1 coaching badges at the end of the programme. These nationally recognised qualifications will, hopefully, allow these young men to rebuild their lives on their release back into the community.

Danny Ellis said of the programme: “I am really looking forward to the experience and challenge that this new venture brings. Guiseley Academy are always on the lookout for new players and there may be some unrecognised talent within this group that we can accommodate whilst assisting them in their future education.”

Steve Taylor, Community Development Manager added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to expand the work of the Foundation in a completely new area and thus help spread the name of Guiseley AFC to a wider community. We are also looking at ways in which the participants can be offered work experience opportunities to ease them back in the world of work and / or education.”

Paul Brown, Head of PE at HMYOI Wetherby said, “I am always looking at new initiatives and ways of creating new opportunities for the young people in our care. The programme that Guiseley community foundation are offering will be an ideal opportunity for the young people to learn new skills and create a pathway for them back into the community.”

Steve Byrne, Novus Head of Education at HMYOI Wetherby commented: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our young people to receive quality coaching from a well-respected player. Working with Guiseley AFC Community Foundation gives us both the opportunity to support young people in turning their lives around.”

Jason Horsman of Golley Slater PRM commented “We are pleased to be able to support this programme as part of our commitment to Guiseley Community Foundation and the wider community”

Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee said: “I am delighted that Guiseley AFC will be working at Wetherby to support young offenders and give them skills that will help them lead more constructive lives on release.

“I want to make sure young people are given positive opportunities to improve their prospects, which is why I have commissioned a review to better understand how sport can help offenders in custody.”

For further information please contact Phil Rogerson, Chairman on 07802 725257 or Steve Taylor on 07939 221231

Novus, part of LTE group, is the UK leader and innovator in offender education, skills and employability interventions that reduce reoffending and divert people from criminal behaviour, allowing them to make a positive contribution to society.

A not-for-profit large-scale social enterprise with over 20 years’ experience in offender learning, Novus delivers education, training and employability in more than 60 sites within prisons, the Young People estate and the community. Novus also delivers key aspects of the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms.

We work with the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, the Youth Justice Board, and a wide variety of partner organisations, to raise the aspirations of offenders to increase employability and reduce the reoffending rate.

www.novus.ac.uk

For further information, please contact:

Fiona Ashurst at LTE group on 0161 674 3793 fashurst@ltegroup.co.uk