Working is an important part of the Walk Project. The lack of employment is a major risk factor for those leaving prison, and in an already depressed job-market, work can be hard to find.
And it isn't just income. Work provides structure, discipline and self-esteem.
In order to assist the transition from prison to employment, Walk Project participants undertake voluntary work before they enter paid employment.
Individuals are skills matched through one of our partner companies (as listed) or with local businesses (local food bank, charity shops, local garages for example) or with other local charities.
Volunteering is a stepping stone for most ex-prisoners and is beneficial in developing skills with the hope that all walkers will eventually walk into regular paid employment.
Some Walkers have gone on to Bible College, College of Further Education or are working towards a self-employed career. Walk will work with the individual to accomplish their own personal goals and ambitions.
Walk works closely with our friends at North Staffs YMCA to provide varied accredited work- skills training courses, job-seeking skills and CV writing skills.