Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, dropped in to visit UK Resettlement and was given a tour of their new resettlement accommodation by Chief Executive, Dr. Albert Barnes.
UKresettlement is a social enterprise which aims to support and inspire vulnerable young people and adult ex-offendersto build successful lives and to achieve their goals. The charity was established as a way to break the cycle of negative experiences and play an integral role in the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.
The new accommodation in Maidstone was built to help reduce re-offending rates by housing ex-offenders who are keen to make a positive contribution to their local community, and is supported by Kent County Council and Kent Police. To match the innovative nature of the project, the building itself is fully environmentally friendly, with solar panels, enhanced insulation, and lighting sensors.
Speaking after her visit, Helen Grant MP said:
"This really is an incredible project, and has the potential to achieve so much. There are many people who need care and support in order to reintegrate themselves fully back into society and have a positive impact on their communities. It is imperative that new ways are sought to break the chain of re-offending and aid the rehabilitation process for ex-offenders and vulnerable young people".
Dr Barnes, Chief Executive of UKresettlement added:
"The board of trustees, volunteers and service users at Ukresettlement are grateful for Helen Grant's support and encouragement since the project began in 2011. Helen's visit to see our new accommodation on Friday affirmed her passion and strength for the work she is doing in her constituency and nationally. She has given us the much needed impetus to work harder, ensuring that the vulnerable people and ex-offenders we work with achieve the positive outcomes they want in their lives".
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