Green Reparation™ works to effect change in individuals, institutions and communities for a sustainable planet and society.
Making the transition from offending to employment is a daunting challenge not only for the offenders themselves but for the policy makers and practitioners engaged in re-entry initiatives. Securing stable employment is a key factor in tackling recidivism. The outstanding issue is how to overcome the barriers offenders face in the labour market.
Making the transition from a brown economy to a green economy is critical to all of our futures. Going ‘greener’ is the key factor in achieving sustainable development. The outstanding issue is how to ensure every individual and business plays their part.
Green Reparation takes up these challenges by bringing criminal justice and climate change together in work-related strategies.
For ex-offenders, the battle to find and keep a job is harder than for most. Barriers include lack of skills and education, limited work experience, complex health issues, minimal support networks, a poverty of aspiration, and not least the natural reluctance of employers to hire them. Yet experience has shown that ex-offenders can, and do, make highly motivated and productive employees.
Meanwhile, green businesses need an appropriately skilled workforce to deliver their products, services and prosperity. The availability of green collar workers is so far not keeping pace with the rapid growth in green technologies, practices and markets.
Green Reparation has seized the opportunity to make the ‘connect’ and deliver the ‘match’. Our programmes and services are the tools by which we support offenders into employment, and a green workforce into a green economy — with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities, now and in future generations.
I’ve been involved with offender employment issues since the 1980s and there has been some tremendous progress, with increasing commitment and expertise focused on enabling employment transitions.
However, the challenges remain considerable, and I established Green Reparation in order to raise the bar and make the breakthrough to deliver safer communities, stronger economies and productive life choices.
—Bill Mather, Founding Director of Green Reparation CIC