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Somerset charity aims to break cycle of re-offending

Reoffending rates among participants have been cut by up to 80%. Credit: ITV News West Country

A Somerset charity that works with prisoners and ex-offenders says two thirds of those taking part in their programme find jobs.

The Key4Life project works with young men from across the UK who have a history of offending and come from deprived communities.

Over two days the group takes part in sport, along with motivational speaking and counselling at the Glastonbury retreat.

They say they have managed to cut reoffending rates by up to 80%.

80%
managed to cut reoffending rates by 80%.
The project also uses equine therapy. Credit: ITV News West Country

UK rap artist Creepa is just one of their success stories.

After several years in prison, he joined the programme and has now launched a music career.

He is not the only one - many who attend are desperate for a chance to prove themselves.

Ex-offender 'Ben' has been taking part in the sessions for 6 weeks and says it's changed his life.

What they've offered me is more than probation has offered me in the last 10 years.

– 'Ben'

Avon and Somerset police chief constable, Andy Marsh, is now encouraging businesses to employ ex-offenders to break the cycle of re-offending.