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if_jee-66_2180674Created with Sketch. The UP Project

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. Following this, clients can join the WIRE Project to prepare them for work and undertake a two-week unpaid work placement.

Programme Details

UP’s key objective is to reduce re-offending, stigma and social isolation in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It provides a six-week programme which aims to:

  • Improve employability skills
  • Increase confidence and motivation
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Improve mental health and wellbeing
  • Accredited training opportunities
  • Obtain accommodation support
  • Improve drug and alcohol misuse
  • Reduce social isolation
  • Reduce reoffending
  • Increase attitude, behaviour and thinking
  • Improve financial position
  • Increase awareness
  • Potential place on the WIRE Project
  • Potential offer of employment (no guarantee)


Referrals can be made by the following organisations:

Disclosure Guidance

Please see the following documents for guidance on disclosure

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

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 |

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