Delyn MP David Hanson will this Friday present a number of new ‘Endeavour Awards’ to ex-offenders who have successfully turned their lives around. The participants receiving the awards will be the first on the mainland UK to achieve‘Endeavour Awards’ and are all from the North East Wales area.
The Endeavour Award is a non-competitive qualification based on the long-established Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, bridging the gap for those aged over 25 to participate in such activities. It involves four sections – Skills, Service to the community, Physical recreation and Expedition and requires a sustained commitment of six months of activity.
The Endeavour Award has been developed and made available by Community Justice Interventions Wales (CJIW), an organisation with a long history of effective partnership working with probation areas and YOTS in Wales. Organisation like CJIW exemplify the successful approach that tackling re-offending is not solely an issue for statutory agencies alone, but an opportunity for the wider community to become involved in the development and evolution of innovative measures to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
The event represents the success of Government initiatives such as the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) to enable opportunities for people who have drifted into substance-misuse and offending to find a route to resettlement in mainstream society, in this case through engagement with educational, voluntary and recreational activities.
Represented at the event there will be more than 20 voluntary organisations that form part of the wider partnership working with probation and DIP to prevent re-offending.
David Hanson said:
“I fully endorse this scheme and want to praise those that have worked so hard to make it a success. I also want to pay tribute to the ex-offenders that have made the most of this opportunity, engaged with programme and have turned their lives around.
“It is important that we tackle the issue of reoffending. Through these types of schemes not only can we help to rehabilitate offenders, but through community service schemes, we can ensure that something is given back to the community.
“I look forward to presenting these new certificates on Friday where I will be reiterating my support for this initiative.”