Our donation will help this social enterprise to provide instrumental support and rehabilitation to ex-offenders.

Bounce Back is an amazing Charity and a social enterprise that offers employment help for ex-offenders. They provide training in construction inside and out of prison so that people gain the skill, confidence and the qualifications they need to improve their chances of employment in the industry. Their efforts have undoubtedly had social and economic benefits for ex-offenders adapting back to normal life.

The Axis Foundation have donated their second van to Bounce Back so they can get more of their decorators on to sites around London and the Home counties and transport their workers and supplies. They commented on how the donation will help them to develop their programme further:

“Our thanks to The Axis Foundation – this [donation] enables us to get the teams in our Social Enterprise out to work… using skills learnt in prison to make a living and turn their lives around”

Bounce Back has provided employment help for ex-offenders for the last 5 years through their programme, working with over 1,000 people. 75% of their beneficiaries go into employment or further training and go on to become skilled painters and decorators or construction workers or even go on to set up their own businesses. Beginning as a team of 5 in 2012 it has now grown to a team of up to 30 at any one time decorating for a wide range of clients from Landsec to Elephant and Castle’s Box Park- The Artworks. In addition, they work with schools and private clients who come to them on the website.

The Axis Foundation and Bounce Back’s relationship has been on-going for several years. Previously the Foundation donated a Ford Transit Van, materials and offered start-up business advice. The Foundation also mentored trainees, provided paid work experience and helped with employment for the teams. John Hayes, CEO of Axis, spent his volunteer day at Bounce Back, demonstrating the close bond that has formed since the charity’s inception.

“Axis is one of the organisations that have been with us from the very beginning. Their support has been over the years has been invaluable and we are extremely grateful.” – Francesca Findlater CEO

Their future ambition is to expand their operations further and welcome women and young people from vulnerable groups into their training and rehabilitating programme. The Axis Foundation wishes Bounce Back all the best in their future endeavours as they continue to deliver invaluable training and employment help for ex-offenders.