Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Changing Lives Through Sport


No ALT tag specifiedAfter receiving a grant from the Safer Communities Fund, Leeds Rhinos Foundation run the Onside project in Leeds prisons. The project uses sport and the engaging values of sport to cover a range of areas including barriers and stereotyping, relationships, behaviour and consequences, aspirations and goal setting responsibility, motivation, teamwork, respect and discipline. These values will be linked to real life skills such as healthy living, employability and being a champion citizen.

The nine-week course is delivered in HMP Leeds and HMP Wealstun and the sessions involve classroom based lessons followed by physical activity sessions in the gym.

The nine-week course will be delivered in partnership with Tempus Novo, an award-winning charity that helps ex-offenders into employment and is reducing reoffending rates by more than 90%.

The project will be funded by the Safer Communities Fund, which was launched by Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, to help voluntary, community groups, charities and partners make their communities safer and feel safer. The Safer Communities Fund is financed from monies recovered by West Yorkshire Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). Grants are awarded in line with the priorities set out in the Police and Crime plan.

Commenting on the new project, Police constable, Integrated offender management unit 6th Hub HMP LEEDS, John Thornton said: "This is a new project which we are proud to be involved with further developing an already strong and exciting partnership. Along with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Tempus Novo and HMP LEEDS we will be working with offenders who have a desire to engage with us and partner agencies and move away from a life of crime.

"The cost of crime nationally is estimated at £11 billion annually and these contribute to making communities decline and can erode a community's sense of cohesiveness, as well as having a huge financial impact. With this new project and through partnership working we aim to use sport as a vehicle for social inclusion, with the intention to reduce levels of crime, and the threat, harm and risk of crime being committed against communities."

For more information on the Onside Project contact janet.sylvester@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

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