A programme to stop women convicts in Sheffield from re-offending has been made possible thanks to a grant.
The Together Women programme, a women’s support group based in the city centre, will run a 15-week scheme after receiving a donation of nearly £1,500 from UK Steel Enterprise.
Some 20 women who have previously committed crimes will complete the programme, which features five training weeks followed by 10 weeks where they mentor other female offenders.
Fay Benskin of the TWP said: “We are so grateful for the grant because without it we could not have run our mentor programme.
“The mentors are all women who have been through the Together Women project themselves, and the grant has allowed us to fund mentors’ travel costs, refreshments and child care when needed.
“The mentor programme is a great way for the women to develop personal skills and gain support from others who have been in similar situations.”
Allan Wood of UK Steel Enterprise, which is a subsidiary of Tata Steel, said: “The funding we have provided to the Together Women project has given previous offenders the opportunity to support others and help deter them from re-offending by showing them how the mentors have been able to turn their lives around.
“The project is a great way for the women to develop the skills needed to mentor and support others, which could lead to potential employment opportunities and to a reduction in local crime.”
UK Steel Enterprise has a special fund dedicated to making a positive difference in their local communities.