MP Caroline Ansell has spoken to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd about an Eastbourne-based charity helping ex-offenders.
Reformed East Sussex Services in Seaside Road specialises in helping offenders and recovering addicts looking for employment and Caroline recently met with its chief executive Charmaine Sewell, who wants to expand the service into Hastings.
Caroline then spoke to Amber Rudd, who is also Hastings MP, about the project and has asked whether she can help with the plans for a move along the coast.
“The work Charmaine and her team do is so very vital and what this project does is bring abounding hope for those who really do need a helping hand to get their lives on track,” said Caroline.
“Charmaine is determined to expand the organisation to help as many people as possible find work and I spoke at length to Amber about Reformed and what it wants to achieve and she was impressed, not only as Hastings MP, but also as Home Secretary.
"I have told Charmaine she needs to follow up on that conversation and I will continue to give her every support I can.
“Reoffending figures for those who do not get this type of employment support are very high. For those who do find work reoffending rates are much lower and so this project is of great benefit to society, and not just those it helps directly.”
Reformed offers accredited training and works with people on their presentation, interview skills and developing their CV.
It also helps find work, often voluntary in the first instance, with local businesses to give someone the chance to build their self-esteem, improve their skills and become used to being back at work.