NAME OF ORGANISATION: Skill Mill Partnership Limited
LOCATION: Birmingham (plus five regions Nationwide)
YEAR FOUNDED: 2013
ABOUT: The Skill Mill provides land and water-based employment opportunities for young ex-offenders, helping to improve the environment as well as reducing rates of re-conviction.
INVESTMENT PURPOSE: To finance the delivery of an Outcomes Contract
INVESTMENT AMOUNT: £100,000
DATE OF INVESTMENT: August 2020
SOURCE OF INVESTMENT: Resonance West Midlands SITR Fund
IMPACT: Work & Employment; Rehabilitation & Criminal Justice
ABOUT: The Skill Mill is a multi-award-winning Social Impact Contractor which provides employment opportunities for young ex-offenders. The employment roles are in land and water-based management, meaning that employees help to maintain and improve the environment and flow of watercourses, reducing flood risk. Since its establishment in 2013 The Skill Mill have employed 276 young ex-offenders. Of these 276, only 21 (7.6%) have been re-convicted. This is a radical difference when compared to the national average rate of reoffence, 72%. These statistics clearly exhibit the importance of breaking the cycle of reoffending- by offering people the chance to train and gain a qualification, The Skill Mill are not only helping to reduce rates of re-conviction but also improving the self-confidence and skill-base of their employees.
Purpose of investment: The purpose of the investment from the Resonance West Midlands SITR Fund into the Skill Mill was to enable them to finance the delivery of an Outcomes Contract between the Skill Mill and seven local authorities.
David Parks, Managing Director of The Skill Mill: “This programme is the culmination of many months of hard work and dedication from all partners who are committed to improving the life chances of some of the most vulnerable young people in society. These young people who have been drawn into criminality need a realistic opportunity to break the cycle and The Skill Mill achieves this by helping to change their identity from one of an offender, to an employee with legitimate income, self-respect and a desire to change their behaviour and contribute positively to society and the economy.”
Former Skill Mill employee, now working at the Environment Agency: “Sean gave me that massive chance to prove that I’m not a criminal and I can work. I’m willing to work and get up every morning and to do stuff for the environment.”
Resonance Limited is a company registered in England and Wales no. 04418625
Resonance Impact Investment Limited, a subsidiary of Resonance Limited, is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm number 588462.
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