BLAST’s “bl&sthrough Programme” is divided into four parts, each designed to address one specific aspect of each student/inmates life, these are as follows:
• BLAST Transformation Programme
• bl&sthrough Programme - Business Skills (part 1)
• bl&sthrough Programme - Life Skills (part 2)
• BLAST Resettlement & Mentoring Programme – starts in prison with assigned mentors who remain engaged with students, depending on individual needs…
• Mentoring Support – this is ongoing enabling BLAST to provide measurements to the Ministry of Justice.
• Meet@Gate – studies show that prisoners who are met at the gate (by Mentors or staff) are 37% less likely to reoffend.
• Resettlement Kit – basic initial “survival bag” (contains toiletries, underwear, jacket etc…)
• Relationship Work and Mediation – family and relationship restoration work as needed.
• Accommodation – Partners include Betel, Trinity and Langley House Trust…
• Progress2Work – BLAST have several organisations who have advised that they will provides work experience or full placements; some are partners with others being local employers.
• Dependencies Programme – supporting those wishing to move from their dependencies.
• Build Business Relationships
• Create a Vision for Your Business
• Negotiate for Your Business
• Assess Your Ability to Run a Business
• Develop Your Business Idea
• Estimate Financial Needs for Your Business
• Prepare a Plan for Your Business
• Produce a Plan for Your Business
Each component part is designed to support participating inmates and provide them with capabilities that enable or achieve sustained employment either through delivery of Business, Life and Skills Training programmes - dedicated to educating students enabling them to obtain the skills and qualifications needed or through job matching and career services; which support their successful reintegration into society, following release from prison.
BLAST commits to working with our students for as long as needed.