Amey has teamed up in a social enterprise with Paint360 to support prisoners’ wellbeing.
The partnership will see Paint360 installed as the sole provider of paint to Amey’s Clean, Rehabilitative, Enabling and Decent (CRED) programme.
This follows a successful trial at HMP Holm House in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, where the quality of ‘recycled’ paint provided by Paint360 matched that of leading industry providers.
The partnership offers “a full 360-degree approach to social value and rehabilitation”. Amey said that through its CRED programme prisoners will gain work experience alongside its prison maintenance team while serving their sentences, helping them to develop new skills, and improve employability and wellbeing.
Paint360, a company that re-engineers waste paint back into new paint, will also provide environmentally friendly recycled paint that will be used to improve the living conditions.
Paint provided by Paint360 would help to save 26 tonnes of CO² in the 14 prisons where the CRED programme is operational, with further plans to roll this out to 19 prisons maintained by Amey once CRED is active in those.
Paint360 will also support Amey in providing work experience opportunities to prisoners released on temporary licence who have taken part in the CRED programme – with a view to these becoming full time upon release. Over seven years, Paint360 has created jobs for 34 young people who are ex-offenders or long-term unemployed in the West Midlands.
Amey is also providing expertise via its consulting business to help Paint360 up-scale operations to support a future pipeline of work that would see Paint360 providing paints for use on Amey’s MoD, schools and local and central government building FM contracts across the UK.
Speaking about the partnership Craig McGilvray, managing director of Amey’s Secure Infrastructure and Utilities arm, said:
“By working with Paint360 across our CRED programme we are helping to tackle economic inequality, including creating new jobs and skills, as well as increasing supply chain resilience and reducing wastage across our contracts.
“Our ongoing commitment to social enterprise organisations will be integral to the long-term sustainability of our business, and the wider industry, and I encourage our teams to take advantage of these services where possible.”
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