Lisa Chou works for Women in Prison's Northern Services. She runs the REACH Project in HMP Foston Hall. Here is a snapshot of the work that she does :
The REACH project is a partnership project with Leiectershire probation trust , Derbyshire probation trust, Northamptonshire probation trust, Nottinghamshire probation trust, Lincolnshire Action trust, NACRO, Women IN Prison and Platform 51. This project is commissioned to deliver a programme of activities in the East Midlands region to support offender and ex offenders to obtain employment. These activities will be funded by the European Social fund under the NOMs co financing arrangements.
The REACH Project is a project designed to help offenders break down the barriers to employment or education. The project runs both in custody and in the community in different parts of the country. Women in Prison deliver this project in HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire for women in custody who are close to release. Whilst the project helps prepare women for employment with support such as creating CVs, applying for jobs, practising interview techniques, providing disclosure sessions, offering support with college courses and so on, the project also helps with other areas such as debt/finance, housing, banking, and others. For women in custody, there are often many barriers to employment and other priorities that must be addressed before they can consider employment and this is what the project aims to provide support with.