Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Changing Lives Through Sport


No ALT tag specifiedLeeds Rhinos Foundation will be helping to prepare more offenders for release back into society in 2018 after receiving funding from the HMP Leeds and HMP Wealstun to continue delivery of the charity's Onside project.

Since launching at the end of 2016, Onside has seen over 60 inmates, who are all serving the final six months of their prison sentences, successfully complete the 10-week course across the two prisons.

Using the power of sport, the project combines classroom learning and physical activity sessions with a focus on confidence building, personal development and acquiring the skills and knowledge to successfully re-integrate back into society and find employment upon release.

The new funding will see the project delivered to more offenders in the new year with three programmes running at both HMP Leeds and Wealstun continuing the collaboration with West Yorkshire Police IOM 6th Hub, who organise the recruitment and selection of prisoners for the course.

The 10-week delivery covers a range of personal development areas addressing anger triggers, living healthy, behavior and consequences, building confidence and self-esteem as well as covering practical areas to aid in the pursuit of employment after release such as CV building, team work and communication and interview practice.

As a shining example of sport's ability to have a positive impact on individuals lives, the project has recently received recognition in the review of sport in the custodial setting commissioned by Dr Phillip Lee MP on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, highlighting the project's benefit to individuals and society at large.

Through links between the prisons and with West Yorkshire Police, the programme has been tailored to give inmates the chance to see the project through to its completion and provide support outside of custody.

For more information on Leeds Rhinos Foundation's Onside programme contact Janet.Sylvester@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

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