Based in Leeds,the CFO3 project is designed to help disadvantaged individuals in the criminal justice system move towards social inclusion and mainstream provision. It is funded through NOMS ESF working in partnership with APM. Focussing on individuals who are the hardest to reach, the aim is to help them engage with services, training and secure employment. We will also help with other barriers such as housing and addressing substance misuse issues, which could be preventing someone from achieving this,.

To be eligible for the project individuals will need to:

  • Be within the community on licence or supervision order, or in HMP Wealstun/HMP Leeds with less than three years until release.
  • Not engaging in mainstream provision but willing to engage with St Giles Trust.
  • Returning to or living in West Yorkshire.
  • Eligible to work in the UK.
  • Unemployed upon release.
  • Willing to engage with St Giles Trust in the community.

A weekly job club is available on Wednesday afternoons at the Leeds office in Harehill Road.

We can also support potential employers by identifying potential employees and facilitating volunteering.

CFO 3 Mentoring

The CFO3 Project also trains people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to become qualified mentors who can support ex-offenders across North and West Yorkshire get back into work or training.Mentors receive ongoing support and training. It is funded through NOMS ESF working in partnership with APM. In August 2017, it was awarded Approved Provider Standard from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.

The aim of the programme is to reduce re-offending and help people change their lives.