Sir Bob Geldof gave an exclusive performance to 250 invited guests at a Somerset country house last night to support a new organisation aiming to turn around the lives of young offenders while they are still in prison.
The event at North Cadbury Court, near Wincanton, where Key4Life announced the launch of an innovative new programme.
It hopes to address the fact that 74 per cent of young offenders between the ages of 15 and 17 are likely to re-offend within one year.
Sir Bob and guests heard first hand from two former youth offenders how their lives were turned around through the support they found from Key4Life in it’s pilot work in 2011.
In the initial phase of the campaign Key4Life will work in partnership with Ashfield Young Offenders Institution, Bristol to deliver two pilot programmes involving 20 young offenders. The scheme provides coaching and support to help young offenders.
Key4Life founder and leading charity and welfare expert, Eva Hamilton said: “I have been privileged to work with the most marginalised people in society for nearly 30 years and it never ceases to amaze me how these courageous people, given the right intervention, can turn their lives around.”