Company set up to give Glen Parva young offenders work
Young offenders are being given the chance to get back into employment with a Leicestershire company.
Action Clean has been set up by local charities to offer cleaning work to people leaving Glen Parva young offenders' institute.
After an initial trial period, they are given up to six months work to gain experience and find somewhere to live.
Organisers said the ultimate aim was to cut reoffending rates by breaking a cycle of poverty and homelessness.
Rob Parkinson is chief executive of Action Homelessness Leicester, which helped set up the organisation.
He said: "This makes a huge difference because not only will it give them money in their pockets, references and employment opportunities.
"But it will also mean they can use their money to get housing, get into places in life where they can build social contacts and have the sort of life they can be pleased about."
Joe Casser, the first person to be taken on by the company, said: "Once you have been in (a young offenders' institute) once it is so easy to go back.
"I have said I am not going back in and I have this to keep me busy and I don't feel like I have to worry about that happening."