AN East Lindsey District Council employee based in Skegness has been appointed as the Regional Health Champion Coordinator in a new initiative that aims to integrate offenders back into the community and help them get jobs.
Working for the REACH Project (Regional Employ-Ability Challenge), Samantha Milson will deliver workshops for offenders in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and Northamptonshire Probation sites.
Research by The Social Exclusion Unit demonstrates that getting a job is known to reduce the risk of re-offending by as much as 50 per cent.
Sam was chosen for the role because of her excellent work already undertaken with the Probation Service and strong links she has developed with key stakeholders.
Cultural Team Leader, James Brindle, at East Lindsey District Council, congratulated Sam: “The experience and skills Sam will gain from her new role will be hugely beneficial when she returns to the Health Team in a years time.
“Sam has worked tirelessly with many local people in her current role, improving the health and lives of local people.”
Sam said: “Helping others to achieve their goals in life is extremely rewarding and I am excited about how this project incorporates helping someone to improve their own health, enabling them to develop their skills, give them the opportunity to help others, increase their own confidence and self efficacy to ultimately gain employment.”
The new initiative is co-ordinated by Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust and the Health Support Service, with funding from the European Health Fund.