The UR4Driving Appeal
47% of prisoners have no qualifications. Having a job is the single biggest factor in reducing re-offending, yet 75% of prisoners are released to unemployment.
This appeal will enable us to support 60 ex-offenders to learn to drive, in return for 80 hours of voluntary work. UR4Driving has a proven track record in helping ex-offenders turn their back on crime. To date, over 200 ex-offenders have successfully obtained a driving licence. In 2018 only 4% of the cohort re-offended!
We need to raise a total of £25,000 for UR4Driving. £10,000 towards the Project Co-ordinator's salary costs and £15,000 towards training costs (theory & practical test fees, driving lessons and resources).
WHAT WE DO
The Upper Room runs three linked projects which aim to give beneficiaries the tools or skills they need to help them become more resilient and to improve their lives:
UR4Meals provides free evening meals and one-to-one support 5.30-6.45pm, Monday to Friday.
UR4Jobs is a multilingual employment support service which is open Mondays & Tuesdays 12-5pm.
UR4Driving is an award-winning project which teaches ex-offenders to drive in return for 80 hours of voluntary work.
DID YOU KNOW?
Since 2010, over 190 ex-offenders have obtained a licence through The Upper Room's award-winning UR4Driving project, significantly improving their employment prospects.
In the last 3 years we have helped over 200 disadvantaged service users to secure employment, and significantly improved the employability of hundreds more.
Every year The Upper Room's UR4Meals serves an average of 26,000 hot meals and takeaways to homeless and other disadvantaged people.
The Upper Room provides one-to-one/telephone advice to disadvantaged people on more than 1,500 occasions every year.
Do you need help getting into work, help with CV, interview preparation or time to search for a job?
Are you at risk of homelessness? Or struggling with managing your universal credit or other benefits?
The Upper Room is able to help you from Monday to Friday 10-4 with all of these problems. No appointment needed, just drop in.
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