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Wyboston Lakes and Bedford Prison Join Forces in Groundbreaking Initiative to Unlock Opportunities for Prison Leavers

Written by Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce | 18 Oct 2023

Wyboston Lakes Resort is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Bedford Prison, aiming to reintegrate prison leavers into the workplace and society at large. This transformative initiative is being conducted in collaboration with New Futures Network, HMPPS’ employment specialists that partner businesses and prisons to fill skills gaps and increase the number of prison leavers securing employment on release. 

The project began as part of New Futures Network’s national recruitment drive ‘Unlocking Hospitality’  and is designed to equip individuals with the skills, training, and opportunities needed for successful reintegration into the workforce. By partnering with Bedford Prison, Wyboston Lakes is taking a bold step towards creating a positive impact on the lives of prison leavers and the community as a whole.

As part of this initiative, managers from various departments at Wyboston Lakes will be visiting Bedford Prison quarterly. During these visits, they will engage with prisoners to discuss the nature of their work, potential employment opportunities, and the skills required to thrive in the hospitality industry.

Katherine White, Director of People at Wyboston Lakes, expressed her enthusiasm: "At Wyboston Lakes, we believe in the power of second chances and the potential for every individual to make a valuable contribution to society. This project aligns perfectly with our values of inclusivity and social responsibility. By providing training, mentorship, and employment opportunities, we hope to break down barriers and empower these individuals to rebuild their lives and contribute to the workforce.

“This initiative is not only about offering employment but also about fostering a sense of purpose and self-worth among prison leavers. It aims to reduce the likelihood of reoffending, benefiting both individuals and the wider community.

“Wyboston Lakes is grateful for the opportunity to work with Bedford Prison, New Futures Network, and the government to make a meaningful impact. The company is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment that allows individuals to thrive and reach their full potential.”

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Topics: Wyboston Lakes, HMP Bedford

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