Northern Learning Trust
Supporting ex-service personnel released from prison
This case study focuses on the delivery of an employability project in the North East of England, targeted at people with convictions who have served in the Armed Forces. The project, called the Veterans Employment Support Project (VESP), is delivered by an educational voluntary sector organisation. The host organisation, the Northern Learning Trust, is well known for delivering community-based learning to groups who have been excluded from education, but less well known for their work with offenders. They have created a peer-to-peer model in which ex-service personnel, both paid and volunteers, provide services to other ex-service personnel who have been to prison.