"Financed by European Social Fund (ESF) monies, the Co-Financing Organisation (CFO) has delivered services to offenders in custody and the community since January 2010. Services are delivered via. contracted prime providers and sub-providers, to improve access to mainstream activity for offenders in the community or reaching the end of a custodial sentence."
The focus of the programme is to enhance an offender’s employability and increase opportunities to access mainstream provision, the overall aim being the reduction of re-offending.
The current programme (CFO3) is now underway and will run to December 2020, focusing on those offenders who have difficulty accessing other mainstream services that are currently available.
Projects aimed at improving employability are seen as key to changing offender's lives and reducing reoffending. The ESF Programme aims to complement existing provision, particularly the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) in prisons as well as other existing employment and skills services.
The focus of CFO3 is to help offenders move towards mainstream provision or into employment by addressing their barriers to work through facilitating access to comprehensive support mechanisms appropriate to their individual circumstance and accessed need.
Our participants can typically face the following barriers:
Specific Hard to Help groups are targeted within certain geographic areas as follows:
Operating in HMYOI Werrington, HMYOI Feltham, HMYOI Cookham Wood, West Midlands and London community locations, CFO Prime providers are working with Youth Offending Teams (YOTS) to deliver services to groups of 16-18 year olds focusing on education, training and skills