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Walsall Chaplaincy goes digital

Walsall Chaplaincy goes digital

A charity supporting Walsall offenders to help them on the road to securing a job has received a donation from generous workers.

Walsall Chaplaincy offers support in the rehabilitation of ex-offenders in the borough and has received a donation of &pound250 from employees of employment and training experts Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) based in Bradford Place.

The donation came from PPDG’s payroll giving scheme which donates thousands of pounds to charities and other good causes annually.

The money will help purchase a laptop computer and digital camera to be used by community chaplain David Diaram. Walsall Chaplaincy was nominated for an award by Vanessa Payne, part of the PPDG National Offender Management Service (NOMS) team.

She said: “I came across David where he is present within many of the prisons across the Midlands providing support to the rehabilitation of offenders from the Walsall borough. Issues include: drugs, housing, family links, debt etc. and we have been providing training and employment advice to his clients, both in and out of custody with the aim to reduce reoffending.

“David is so passionate about the charity and his work, always going over and above what is required. He sees the positive in everybody and works tirelessly to make a difference to the lives of the people he works with.”

Mr Diaram said: “Walsall Chaplaincy has been working in partnership with PPDG since April this year and we receive fantastic support in helping us achieve our aims.

“This donation will be of significant help in enabling me to able access information on behalf of the clients more readily. We’ll be able to source employment opportunities much faster as a result and the more offenders we help find a sustainable job, the more re-offending rates will fall.”

PPDG’s total donations to charities and good causes through its award winning payroll-giving scheme recently broke the &pound150,000 barrier. Around two thirds of employees are involved in payroll deductions that benefit others less fortunate in the community.

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