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CFO Activity Hubs are a new project which aims to provide a safe space for people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system to build a healthier, more stable and fulfilling life.

The hubs offer a warm welcome and chance to learn, development and spend time with people who understand what you’re going through, the barriers you may face and the experiences you’ve had.

You choose your activities, take part at a pace that’s right for you and control your own journey. You can work one-to-one with an advisor or take part in group sessions.

Activities are free and include art workshops, peer support, wellbeing workshops and sports. Hub advisors can also help you with employability, including online job searching, completing a job application, practice interviews, disclosing a conviction and your employment rights.

You’ll also be able to access accommodation and specialist support to help you address dependency, addiction or other barriers to employment.

To be eligible to take part, you need to be over 18, be unemployed, legally have permission to live and work in the UK and be serving a current community sentence or be under supervision on license.

Anawim currently has a Criminal Justice Caseworker working in Shaw Trust’s Birmingham hub who will be providing specific support for every woman referred.

To join your nearest hub, you can contact Shaw Trust at CFOActivityHubs@shaw-trust.org.uk or call them on 0121 827 0540. If you prefer, you can contact Anawim and your referral will be allocated to our Criminal Justice Caseworker.

CFO Activity Hubs is funded by CFO, HMPPS and the European Social Fund.