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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.

Labour of love for Fred Sirieix and project to turn young offenders’ lives around

A partnership headed up by perhaps the most famous maitre d’ in Britain promises to help young offenders on the road to a future free of crime and fill a hospitality skills gap.

Fred Sirieix, the hugely popular presenter of Channel Four’s First Dates, established The Right Course, a new initiative which seeks to transform staff restaurants in prisons into high street-like operations using existing facilities and equipment and at no cost to the taxpayer.

And together with Novus and the DM Thomas Foundation, the initiative seeks to teach young offenders professional skills and help them to enter the world of hospitality upon completing their prison term.

Around 20 young people serving time in HMP/YOI Isis, waited on a number of guests in the Thamesmead, London-based establishment with the guidance of Fred, and chef Chris Thompson, who has worked in some of London’s best restaurants, The Grove hotel, Maze by Gordon Ramsay and the Duck and Waffle.

Fred said: “The whole aim is to reduce reoffending and teach prisoners about service and cooking within prisons so that they can join our industry upon release. The work we do together with Novus and the DM Thomas Foundation gets young learners to practice delivering high standards that will ultimately make them great professionals.

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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.

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