Boost for city project to cut reoffending

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A project to reduce reoffending and crime in Preston and make communities safer has received a boost after it was granted lottery funding.

Caritas Care has received £481,104 from the Big Lottery Fund’s reaching communities programme.

The charity will now work with prisoners at HMP Preston and offer a mentoring service.

It will support prisoners to consider their aspirations for the future and develop a plan to achieve their goals.

Over the past three years Caritas Care has dealt with offenders, the total number of offences committed fell by 27 per cent from 763 to 555.

The figure also improves to 40 per cent by excluding the two offenders who were responsible for 33 per cent of the offences.

Big Lottery Fund spokesman Alison Rowe said: “All the reaching communities awards go to helping people and communities most in need.”

The funding is part of a total of £1.8m which was being awarded across the north west today by the Big Lottery Fund.

Also receiving funding were Blackburn with Darwen, Greater Manchester, Copeland in Cumbria and Oldham.

Nightsafe in Blackburn with Darwen received a £306,851 grant to help people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.

In Cumbria, a grant of £478,000 was being awarded to Ennerdale Hub to build a two storey community building, to create more opportunities for residents to become more active and address levels of isolation. In Oldham, the Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation received £158,677 to expand its work helping children aged seven to 11 with communication, behaviour and learning difficulties.

And Back on Track in Greater Manchester, which will help providing training and work experience to people facing different problems, received £356,096.