The most common factor among young adults who re-offend after leaving prison is homelessness or unstable accommodation, as over 50% of released prisoners are unable to return to their previous home.
Finding a home and a job are not the only difficulties faced by young adults leaving prison, all too often they face a cliff edge in support once they reach the prison gate. With a discharge grant of £46 (unchanged since 1995), a travel warrant or fares to their initial destination and being unable to access universal credit for the first five weeks, they often have to deal with:
- Insufficient money to meet basic needs
- Large debts that may have built up during their sentence
- Temptations for alcohol & substance misuse
- Inadequate temporary accommodation or homelessness
- Lack of confidence and low self esteem
- Peer Pressure
- Little or no resettlement support
Our support team will be there to help stop them slipping through the net. We help our students navigate their way through the first few months of their release by offering practical advice and guidance on:
- Welfare Benefits
- Housing advice
- Money Management
- Debt Problems
- Bank Accounts
- DBS Checks
And for vulnerable and disadvantaged students we can offer them a safe place to live in the AP Foundation House. A fully serviced and supported household, accommodating up to 12 trainees, where they can stay for a maximum of three months while we get them back on their feet and into independent housing.
All students of the 5-step pathway will also become members of the AP Foundation’s ALUMNI Network, designed to help them overcome the challenges of life on the outside. As members they can join the APF Alumni Network social media platform where they can keep up-to-date with job opportunities, stay in touch with fellow students, share their experiences and find practical advice and encouragement from fellow ex-offenders, as well as attend talks, presentations and skills workshops, or they can simply drop in to one of our regular monthly social events.