David Morgan: supporting prison leavers into self-employment
Covid-19 has had a significant impact on people in custody. All face-to-face education and resettlement services have been significantly reduced, negatively impacting access to learning opportunities and the chance to prepare for life after release. According to a Ministry of Justice bulletin published in 2021, proven reoffending rates for adults released from prison are 46% (approximately 30,000 people per year) which costs the UK £6 billion pa. The total cost of reoffending is calculated to be £18 billion a year. Helping offenders into employment reduces their rates of reoffending. However, the economic effects of the pandemic mean there are fewer job opportunities and rising unemployment levels, with record numbers of redundancies being reported, so the need to consider self-employment and starting a business will increase.
David Morgan from Bolton, Greater Manchester, is the founder and Director of Entrepreneurs Unlocked CIC, which enables people in custody to develop their entrepreneurial talent and gives them a crime-free future.
He will use his grant to develop a digital support community for people released from prison and those serving community orders, who have completed a learning programme with Entrepreneurs Unlocked, to support them in setting up as self-employed and earning a sustainable income. This platform will provide videos, tutorials, templates and 'how to' guides, as well as connections with trusted organisations to advise on digital, business and finance skills. The platform will also provide an online buddy system, enabling people to share their experiences and encouraging them to access help with their wellbeing. David's Fellowship to the USA in 2018 explored entrepreneurial opportunities for offenders and was supported by The Rank Foundation.