Voluntary Sector organisations on the frontline tackling London’s rates of reoffending are today being offered new funding and support to stay afloat as they respond to the challenges caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
MTC, the organisation which runs probation services for low and medium risk offenders in the capital, has launched a scheme to award up to 40 voluntary sector organisations between £1,000 and £5,000. As the pandemic exacerbates many of the causes of reoffending such as homelessness and economic insecurity, the funding will target organisations that provide education, training and employment, accommodation or improve social inclusion and community cohesion for adults who have committed crime.
The money comes as voluntary sector organisations working in criminal justice are squeezed by reduced income whilst demand for their services is growing. Chair of the Charity Commission, Baroness Stowell warned in October that while the pandemic had shown Britain’s “deep charitable instinct”, it was also having a “worrying” impact on charities with reports of permanent closures and significant job cuts. Analysis by independent charity Pro Bono Economics suggests one-in-ten charities face bankruptcy before the end of the year.
MTC’s Interim Managing Director, Kirsty Blair said:
“This money will support some of London’s smallest voluntary sector organisations as they face shrinking revenues and increased demand for their services. Increased social and economic stress is exacerbating many of the root causes of reoffending. It’s vital we protect the specialist voluntary sector organisations that so often play a critical role in helping people to turn away from crime.”
To qualify for support, voluntary organisations must be based in London and have a turnover of less than £500,000. No prior relationship with MTC is necessary and the application process takes minutes and eligible charities can apply via this link.
For more information contact MTC Communications Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7708 8101.
Notes to editors
MTC is committed to reducing reoffending, building safer communities and transforming people’s lives. We operate the London and Thames Valley CRCs, plus a Secure Training Centre for children and young people in Rainsbrook, near Rugby in Warwickshire.
About London Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)
London CRC supports and supervises service users with a range of tailored interventions helping them reintegrate into society and lead responsible, law abiding lives.