What is the partnership?
The commercial property firm Landsec has partnered with Bounce Back, a charity involved in supporting ex-offenders into education and employment, since 2012. The organisations share the objectives of driving positive social change and empowering disadvantaged people to meet their potential regardless of background.
What did the company do?
Landsec uses its expertise, contacts and supply chain to add value to Bounce Back's work, hosting meetings, driving the opening of new training centres and brokering introductions to potential new partner organisations. In 2018, introductions facilitated by Landsec resulted in Bounce Back launching its first aerial and vertical window cleaning training centre and opening a scaffolding centre inside HMP Leeds. Landsec has also provided Bounce Back with free building space in Victoria. A team of 25 of Landsec employees volunteered with Bounce Back to gain an understanding of the charity's work, visiting training academies at HMP Brixton.
Why did it win?
Through its partnership with Bounce Back, Landsec delivers the message that employing ex-offenders is safe and desirable. Employers who would not even interview offenders are now snapping them up to fill their vacancies. Twenty-eight people found jobs as a direct result of Landsec and Bounce Back’s joint initiatives, which are also helping to bridge the skills shortages in the construction industry.
What did the judges say?
"A good, mutually beneficial strategic partnership," said Nicola Bott, head of partnership development at the Teenage Cancer Trust. "There are clear benefits on both sides and a good outcome for society."
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