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"When I first came into prison, I didn’t know what to expect, it was all an overwhelming experience." Show More.
We offer services across the Midlands helping people overcome barriers and access the services they need to progress their lives. Working in custody and in the community, our peer-led approach underlines this work and is borne out by the fact that many of the team have first-hand experience of the issues facing the clients they are supporting.
The Peer Hub Midlands helps people who have experienced many different forms of disadvantage to gain the skills and qualifications they need to help others make positive progress. They offer people training to Level 3 in Information, Advice and Guidance whilst they undertake supported work placements with other teams within St Giles Trust and with partner organisations in the sector. Located in Coventry, the Hub helps people across the Midlands
Through the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit, we provide support for young people who are involved in criminal exploitation to help them make a safe and sustained exit and also work with young people who are at risk to prevent them from becoming involved in crime.
Supported by West Midlands PCC through the Early Intervention Youth Fund, we work in two hospitals in the West Midlands to support young people who have been admitted to A&E and the major trauma unit as a result of serious violence. The caseworkers help to address the underlying causes which led to the young person being admitted in the first place with the aim of preventing them returning to risky situations once discharged and linking them with opportunities that can support positive change. We will also be working in police custody suites to offer help to young people at risk, addressing the causes of their behaviour and preventing issues from escalating further. This is the first project of its kind in the region.
We are also working in partnership with the Wolverhampton Youth Team supporting young people at risk to help them gain positive control over their lives and stay safe.
We offer the Peer Advisor Programme in ten prisons across the Midlands, training serving prisoners under the Programme who then help other inmates with resettlement issues, helping them successfully transition into the community once released. We also offer a meet at the gate service to men experiencing complex and multiple disadvantages who are being released from HMP Leicester and returning to the local area.
"When I first came into prison, I didn’t know what to expect, it was all an overwhelming experience. I started my role as a Peer Advisor. I was stunned at the volume of people requiring support for release; this was from completing applications, to advocating on their behalf. To see someone distressed as they approach release, and the positive difference I was making to their lives was truly rewarding, it then made me appreciate what I had, and encouraged me to share my life experience, knowledge and expertise with others. I have now completed my course and as a tenured peer advisor I feel proud of my achievements and even more proud of knowing that I can assist others despite being in the same conditions as them."
- Omar, prison-based Peer Advisor in the Midlands