Leicester Probation Trust - Learning, Employment, Accommodation & Finance

Community Programmes Open Day

Tackling crime through education, training and employment: An opportunity to hear about the innovative approach being taken by your local probation trust.

The Howard League for Penal Reform and Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust.

As part of the Community Programmes Award, a half-day conference was held with Leicester LEAF: Learning, Employment, Accommodation & Finance on 15 February 2013, at The Y Theatre, Leicester.   Leicetser LEAF were winners of our Education, Training and Employment Award 2012.

LEAF addresses obstacles to employment, educational attainment, financial inclusion and settled accommodation. The LEAF service, which is delivered by the probation trust, is rooted in a recognition that employment, education and accommodation are key factors in achieving the over-arching aim of reducing reoffending and protecting the public.  LEAF was formed by bringing together complementary services to deliver the highest quality information, advice and guidance and provide holistic solutions to the inter-related problems of unemployment, homelessness and debt. The service is delivered on a one-to-one basis and in groups. By offering this integrated service, LEAF enables service users to address their needs and move away from crime.

Speaker on the day included:

  • Frances Crook, Chief Executive, the Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Dr Neil Chakraborti, University of Leicester and Trustee, the Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Sir Clive Loader, Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Carrie Peters, Director, Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust
  • Howard Platts, Chief Executive, Action Trust/TREES Services (Training, Regeneration, Education, Employment, Sustainability)
  • Service users, LEAF, Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust

Dr Neil Chakraborti chaired the event and presented Frances Crook who highlighted the importance of the work of LEAF project. She also mentioned the Howard League were preparing to publish FOI sentencing figures, commenting magistrates should use community sentences more in Leicestershire.

Carrie Peters gave an overview of the work of the probation trust and LEAF project. Two service users currently acting as peer mentors gave an account of their experiences of the project and benefits of acting as peer mentors, including increasing their confidence, self-esteem and vocational skills. 

Howard Platts talked about Action Trust, which runs a number of social enterprises that currently operate in the Leicestershire area. Action Trustís aim is to support homeless people, ex-offenders and armed forces veterans, transform their lives by providing employment opportunities through the Action social enterprises.

Sir Clive Loader was guest speaker at the event. He talked about his motivation to become a PCC. He also talked about his police and crime plan, with one of his main priorities being to reduce the re-offending rate amongst young people. 

Information on Leicester LEAF can be found here.