MP for North Swindon

Justin Tomlinson MP

Justin Celebrates Success Of Rehabilitation Charity During Ministerial Visit Ahead Of International Women's Day


A charity which helps women just out of prison to get their life back on track has been visited by Government Minister Justin Tomlinson ahead of International Women’s Day.

The North Swindon MP & Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance praised the Dawn Project for its record of helping women coming out of the criminal justice system to overcome barriers to employment and get into work.

Set up in Peterborough 2009, the Dawn Project is a one-stop service for women who are in the criminal justice system and works with both women who are released from prison but also those who have been given supervised court orders as an alternative to jail.

Women referred to the Project may have experienced a wide range of problems including with drugs, alcohol and debt or be from violent relationships. Those referred attend classes aimed at improving their conflict and stress management skills. Confidence building sessions are also offered, as well as help to secure housing and benefits in order for the women to create the best possible platform to build a better future and ultimately re-join the workforce

Justin met with staff and service users to see first-hand how the organisation’s holistic approach to supporting women with complex needs is helping to reduce re-offending, as well as providing an alternative to custodial sentences for women and reduce the instances of community orders being breached.

Justin Tomlinson MP said: “The Dawn Project does an excellent job of providing women with the confidence and skills to unlock their potential. I’m delighted to be able to celebrate its success ahead of International Women’s Day. It’s track record of helping women create the foundations they need to get back into work is a glowing example of how a local organisation can have a big impact."


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