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The Unlocking Potential (UP) Project supports young people aged 16-25 who are ex-offenders, current offenders or at risk of offending. It offers holistic support to address social, practical, economical and emotional issues which prevent young people from accessing education, employment or training.

Programme Details

The UP Project can help young people to:

  • Improve employability skills
  • Access training opportunities
  • Learn how to disclose a conviction to a potential employer
  • Gain work experience
  • Find a job
  • Increase confidence and motivation
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Reduce reoffending

We have strong partnerships in place with other local services which means we can also support you to:

  • Improve mental health and wellbeing
  • Obtain accommodation support
  • Address drug and alcohol misuse
  • Reduce social isolation
  • Improve financial position
  • Increase awareness


To join, young people must:

  • Be committed and motivated
  • Not want to re-offend
  • Have no drug or alcohol issues that affect their ability to engage in the programme
  • Be between the age of 16-25

Referrals are made by the following organisations, but we welcome enquiries from anyone who supports young people who meet the criteria for the project:

Disclosure Guidance

Please see the following documents for guidance on disclosure

  • The UP Project's Disclosure Guidance: Disclosure Guidance
  • Disclosure Statement - Example: Disclosure Statement Example
  • Unlock - What will be filtered by the DBS? : What will be filtered by the DBS?
  • Unlock - A-Z of specific job roles and level of DBS check: A-Z of specific job roles and level of DBS check
  • Unlock - Is it spent? : Is it spent?

Contact details

To find out more about the UP Project or to make a referral, please contact Siobhan Hirrell:Email: | Phone: 0776 151 5130 | Referral Form: The UP Project Referral Form |Flyer:The UP Project Flyer