Organisational support offered
We have first-hand experience of what it is like to come from the hardest places. Whether it is reintegrating back into society after time spent in prison, overcoming imbedded ethnic stereotypes, or beating a history of drug addiction and homelessness, StarUp CIC is founded by those who have experienced these things.
In the prison system, a young offender is said to be ‘starred up’ if they are moved to an adult prison because of bad behaviour. For most, that marks yet another step towards a life of crime. Only some manage to escape this path. Are they to blame for the course they have taken, or is society?
We believe that the path of a person’s life is shaped by the opportunities that are afforded to them in life, as well as their own individual characters. StarUp CIC exists to provide a way for those who have been excluded, marginalised and misrepresented to not only re-join society but to fairly engage with the opportunities that others have been afforded. In particular, access to work and training that allows them to fulfil their dreams whilst also supporting them to live as law-abiding citizens. It is about giving them a new start. Our work is based upon the three core principles of partnerships, collaboration and sharing; early intervention; and championing diversity.