About the Project
Service users can access our Level 2 Award in Peer Mentoring which is accredited through Open Awards, offering training & support to equip our service users with the skills they need to act as Peer Mentors. Their role is then to support others who are at an earlier stage in their journey towards an end from offending. The Level 2 Peer Mentoring Award is a key qualification for our peer mentors to have when moving into further training, education or employment. This offers a progression route for those who wish to undertake voluntary work as a means of developing work experience and/or building their skills. Apex Trust have recently been successful in becoming an approved centre through Open Awards to deliver Peer Mentoring.
About the Charity
The organisation promotes social inclusion for people who have a history of offending by assisting them to improve their employment prospects. We aim to help people with a criminal record age 16+ to overcome barriers to employment by providing a range of specialist & proven 1 -1 support programmes. 90% of people we help have multiple problems with complex needs arising from poverty, traumatic life events, mental health problems, drug & alcohol related needs & lack of support networks. 1 of the key by-products of our work is to reduce re-offending & to achieve better integration of our clients into work. Our experience of working with offenders has highlighted a number of employability needs that create barriers to progression. No 2 clients are the same; each has a mix of social needs.