start up
Start Up Now
Funding round:
Midlands and East

Start Up Now

Startup works with women ex-offenders and young at risk women to give them the skills and hope to turn their lives around. Each year more than 80,000 prisoners are released from prison but nearly two thirds of them will have re-offended within two years. It is easy to understand why re-offending can occur as people often leave prison with nothing. Startup hopes to help ex-offenders solve some of these problems by becoming self-employed, giving them a real chance of a fresh start.

Breaking the Cycle project supported homeless and unemployed young women in the Thames Valley by offering two days of life skills and employability training as well as peer mentor workshops and one to one support. Participants explored self employment as a viable option and learnt the skills required such as business planning and financial planning.

“It has been so exciting and rewarding to see the young women in the Breaking the Cycle project face and overcome challenges in their lives, transforming them into confident and able candidates for employment and self-employment”

Progress so far:

  • 225 people supported

  • 53 new businesses started

  • 53 jobs created

  • 8 people into employment

  • 212 with increased confidence because of the programme