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Lloyds TSB Foundation presents £12,000 to David Gray House 3 April 2007

LLOYDS TSB Foundation for England and Wales has awarded a grant of £12,000 to The Salvation Army’s David Gray House in Douglas to fund an education programme for three years.

Lloyds TSB Cheque presentationThe bank’s charitable foundation awarded the sum to the Island’s probation and bail hostel following an application by Centre Manager Wayne Tomlinson. He explained:

‘We are delighted and extremely grateful to Lloyds TSB Foundation for approving our grant application. The funding will cover the cost of tutors, materials and examination fees for residents who wish to continue accredited courses they start in prison. The importance of education for rehabilitation and reducing the risk of re-offending is well documented, and this donation will guarantee the education programme for three years.’

Andrew Walsh-Waring, Manager of Lloyds TSB Offshore Private Banking, presented the cheque on behalf of the Foundation. He said:

‘David Gray House is not perhaps a vote winner but plays a vital role in the community and that is what the trustees look for. The Foundation Trustees have been, are, and will be active in supporting charities at grass roots level, and see this funding to assist education, rehabilitation and re-settlement into the community as a priority.’

The new education programme open to residents of David Gray House is co-ordinated by Fiona Robinson, Education Manager with the Isle of Man College, who is based at Isle of Man Prison. She commented:

‘We welcome the ability to maintain continuity of education at the prison and at David Gray House, through the College. This is an important factor in reducing re-offending in the long-term.’

David Gray House is an integral part of the Isle of Man’s criminal justice system. It offers a non-custodial residential facility with 24-hour staff cover for individuals in the system, with priority given to those subject to bail conditions, probation or post custodial licence. It is operated by The Salvation Army and receives funding from the Department of Home Affairs, through the IoM Probation Service, to cover staffing costs.

David Gray House boasts nine single bedrooms, kitchen/dining room, laundry and lounge with television. A nearby re-settlement unit has an additional four self contained flats and the training room where the education programme is delivered.

Mr Tomlinson added:

‘The grant from Lloyds TSB Foundation is a huge boost for us. We aim to give people the tools and the ability to live in society and encourage them to engage in society. If we can change attitudes through education and enable them to find jobs then that is a great success.’

The funding will enable a range of accredited courses to be offered at David Gray House including Personal, Social and Health Education, General Certificate of Secondary Education, Citizenship Courses and Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Preparation for Working Life. The education programme has been developed in response to employers’ requirements.

Photo caption:
Andrew Walsh-Waring presents £12,000 from Lloyds TSB Foundation to David Gray House.
Pictured (left to right) are Mr Walsh-Waring, David Gray House project worker Karen Garrett, David Gray House Advisory Board member Peter Wood, Centre Manager Wayne Tomlinson and Education Officer Paul Capelen.

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