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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.
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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.
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Invictus Games gold medallist and Paralympic wheelchair rugby athlete, Stuart Robinson, gave an engaging presentation to Novus learners at HMP Lancaster Farms.
Attending the on-site chapel, Stuart gave a presentation and told learners how sport helped him to overcome the injuries he sustained whilst serving in Afghanistan with the RAF.
The 34-year-old, from Morecambe, lost both of his legs when his vehicle drove over an improvised explosive devise (IED) whilst on patrol in Afghanistan in 2013. Stuart now uses his prosthetic legs and his wheelchair. He spoke about his life before, the worry of his family when they thought he wasn't going to make it, his injuries and the barriers he faced during rehabilitation. Learners were inspired by his achievements and determination to carry on despite his horrific injuries.
He told learners: "Sport was an easy route for me to take up and get involved in. I thought there is no point moaning about what has happened to me. Headley Court rehabilitation showed me that there is always someone worse off than you!”
As well as a question and answer session with Stuart, functional skills, sports and gym course learners also took part in a 'Mathletes' lesson where they had to solve their own heptathlon and decathlon events and problems.
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.
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