Roughly one in four homeless people have a history of offending.

Alena, Gate Buddies volunteer in her office

This situation will only worsen as councils criminalise begging, loitering, and rough sleeping, without providing alternative options for homeless people.

Ex-offenders face a huge amount of difficulty finding work and housing on their release. This often results in them turning, in desperation, to more crime. According to the Prison Reform Trust, almost 75% of ex-offenders cannot find employment when they leave prison. Those who face being homeless on release are also 30% more likely return to prison.

Our grants help ex-offenders to take training, expand their horizons, find a safe place to live, and leave the cycle of offending behind permanently.

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Help for ex-offenders in Manchester