The Together Social Business Group runs three projects with ex-offenders in Bristol, the West Midlands and Glasgow. The social enterprise group provides full-time jobs, support, training and mentoring to ex-offenders who repair, refurbish and restore empty and sub-standard properties bought by the group.
Once restored, the properties are sold and the original capital, along with any profit, is reinvested back into the business.
The model equips ex-offenders with confidence, training and paid experience so that they can secure ongoing employment in the sector, and helps break the cycle of re-offending.
Since its founding in 2011, the Together Group has created 70 jobs for ex-offenders, of whom only one has re-offended. Its sustainable business model and social impact make it attractive to social investors; the projects have raised significant sums through social investment bonds which will help hundreds of ex-offenders over their five-year period.