Hampers containing toiletries and basic food items given to ex-prisoners during their first critical days after release helps to reduce the risk of re-offending for basic necessities.
West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy Project (WYCCP) helps ex-prisoners from HMP Leeds and Wealstun to resettle successfully into the community by supporting them with a personalised action plan.
West North West homes (WNWhL) who manage and maintain housing stock for Leeds City Council, chose to support this compassionate charity as part of their Community Involvement Week. Staff teams from across WNWhL donated hamper items with Mears generously doubling donations helping to show the ex-offenders that people care and motivating them to stay on track. Mears provide gas servicing to over 17,000 properties in Leeds on behalf of WNWhL and offered hamper items including shower gel, tooth paste, deodorant, shaving foam, razors and toothbrushes.
Jane Daguerre, Director, West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy Project said "WYCCP are grateful to both West North West home Leeds and the Mears group for their support and donations to our Hamper Appeal. The hampers are given to our service users upon release from prison to help them get started back in the community.
Richard Walker, Head of Tenancy Management and Customer Services, WNWhL said 'Our teams have once again shown that they care about the people and communities we serve. By providing hamper donations, we are doing our bit to support the resettlement of ex-offenders back into the community. West North West homes was delighted to support this charity as part of our Community Involvement Week."
Colin Wake, Operations Manager, Mears Leeds said "This is a great opportunity to help people who genuinely want to resettle within their communities and this is something that Mears are proud to be associated with."