Fylde MP Mark Menzies in local charity support

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has spoken in Parliament to praise a local charity which helps ex-offenders avoid returning to a life of crime.

Jobs, Friends & Houses takes people who have struggled with a range of issues – including addiction, mental health problems, offending and homelessness – and gives them work, a positive support network and somewhere to live.

The organisation uses the experience of staff to ensure people avoid the common pitfalls associated with re-offending so that they are able to positively contribute to their community and put back into society.

Mr Menzies spoke about the charity’s positive impact during questions to the Secretary of State for Justice in the House of Commons.

He said: “Jobs, Friends & Houses is an award-winning initiative on the Fylde coast, which provides ex-offenders with real opportunities to work in the building trade.

“Will the Secretary of State join me in congratulating it on its excellent work and seek to support it and other such endeavours in the future?”

The Justice Secretary, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, replied: “I am grateful to my hon. Friend for bringing that fantastic campaign to the attention of the House.

“In three simple phrases, he and the organisation sum up what ex-offenders need: work, strong relationships and a place to live.”

Following the Parliamentary session, Mr Menzies said he was happy the Secretary of State had recognised the contribution the project had made.

He added: “Since it first came to my attention I have followed the progress of Jobs, Friends & Houses and know it has made a positive impact in the lives of a number of ex-offenders.

“I have known one of the founders Matt Idle since he first started running recovery workshops at HMP Kirkham and know he has a passion for changing the lives of people in recovery.

“I was pleased the Secretary of State summed up so succinctly how Jobs, Friends & Houses provides the building blocks needed for ex-offenders to avoid returning to crime.”

 

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP speaking in the House of Commons

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