Fit for Work
Fit for Work has been devised to break the cycle of reoffending by offering participants the opportunity to gain qualifications to improve their chances of finding employment and and develop new friendship networks.

The project is primarily aimed at substance misusing offenders, who may be subject to a drug rehabilitation requirement as part of their community order.

Fit for Work has developed links with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club to enable participants to gain NVQ Level 2 Stewarding Qualifications and Level 3 mentoring qualifications.

The NVQ in Spectator Safety comprises of a three day classroom-based course including familiarisation with the venue, first aid and fire escape scenarios. This is followed by live assessments at the One Day International and Test Matches at Trent Bridge.

Fit for Work spokesperson Steve Hampton said: “Volunteering as a steward offers structure and a chance to develop essential skills to offenders whose lives are often chaotic. Although it’s not fulltime employment, working as sports events such as cricket matches can involve getting up early, arriving at work on time and committing to long hours. All of these things help people take vital steps away from crime and into employment.”

The volunteers can also take part in additional voluntary work where they gain work references from both the Canals and River Trust by working on the waterways and The Forestry Commission through maintaining woodland. In a 12 month period 69 offenders received work references for cleaning a stretch of canal that runs through part of the city of Nottingham.
Weekly Programme
The in-house programme has been devised to illustrate how to gradually improve physical and mental fitness as well as understand how to live a healthier lifestyle. The activities range from gym sessions, hiking and climbing, canoeing and orienteering.
Review of progress

National 3 Peaks Challenge
Seven offenders decided to train for the challenge of climbing the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in just one weekend. The challenge is a test of physical endurance, team work and determination to succeed. Their aim was to raise money for the local charity ‘When you wish upon a star.’

The group trained for five months by hiking in the Derbyshire Peaks, gym work and fitness training with a local boxer. In September the group completed the challenge in just 28 hours and raised more than £970 for a good cause.