Novus has interesting and exciting news to share. With nearly 3,000 colleagues operating across more than 60 sites and working with over 65,000 offenders annually, there is never a shortage of stories to tell.
The work we do with the Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service, the Youth Justice Board and a variety of partner organisations enables us to report on how we are raising the aspirations of offenders to increase employability and reduce re-offending.
It gives us great pride to update and inform on the work we do with young people and adults in custody and in the community, providing them with high quality offender education, training and employability services.
Our teams of colleagues are passionate about transforming lives - it is what makes them tick. We look forward to keeping you abreast of their endeavours in sites across the UK.
Novus news will be regularly updated on our website and can also be digested in New Directions, our quarterly newspaper, which you can download below.
Teams from across Novus and LTE group are celebrating their success in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Diamond Challenge after receiving their awards and presenting a cheque of £16,000 to the charity.
A total of twenty one teams took part in the challenge which saw them walk, cycle and run through rain and snow to complete 996 miles each – one mile to represent each young person in custody.
Challenge organiser Director of Operations for Novus, Sally Garrett said: “The inspiration to take on the Diamond Challenge came from the young people we met at St James’ Palace whilst receiving our licence to operate as a Duke of Edinburgh centre. Our partnership gives young people in custody the chance to grow as young adults, gaining valuable life experience while developing essential employability skills. We were determined to support the cause and enter teams in the Diamond Challenge as soon as we could.”
Each team member received a certificate and Diamond Challenge Pin from Samantha Bennie, Operations Director at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in a celebration event held on Openshaw campus. Learners from HMP/YOI Thorn Cross made a cake especially for the event.
Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Samantha Bennie commented: “We were all really impressed with the efforts of Novus in their Diamond Challenge and we are hugely grateful to the LTE Group for matching the fundraising.
Novus has built successful and effective partnerships that work to the benefit of offenders and ex-offenders.
From the long-standing working relationships to the more recent partnerships we have forged, we are delighted to join forces in transforming the lives of children, young people and adults through the provision of high quality learning and employability skills.
Working with the Ministry of Justice, the Youth Justice Board and the National Offender Management Service as well as a wide range of visionary charities and organisations, we strive to raise our learners’ aspirations, support them back into purposeful activity, prepare them for the world of work and consequently reduce the risk of re-offending.
Our partners offer crucial strategic input into the delivery of our services and provide an insight into their sector, ensuring Novus evolves and our work remains of the highest quality.
We are always open to new and innovative ways to extend our reach and put even more people on the path to a crime-free future, so if you are interested in partnering with us please get in touch.Partner with us