Work with prison leavers

Through St Giles Wise, we provide community-based services which help prison leavers get the support and services they need to successfully re-adjust to life in the community.

This work is delivered in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and a range of other providers.

Our role is to work in collaboration with other agencies to support the wellbeing of prison leavers, using our peer-led approach to ensure clients stay engaged with support services, have a positive structure and stay motivated on their journey to rebuild their lives.

We also offer specialist support for women prison leavers to help address their specific needs and ensure the women feel supported and connected.

Some of the staff providing this work are former prison leavers themselves who are now professionally trained to use their skills and lived experience to inspire others to make similar changes.  The approach is rooted in our long-held belief that ex-offenders can play an active role in their own rehabilitation and that those who have been there themselves are best placed to really understand what is needed to help achieve this.

Services in Yorkshire

Strengthening Family Ties

In Yorkshire we are working in prisons to strengthen prisoners’ family ties to prevent reoffending and reduce intergenerational crime. Using ‘whole family’, through the gate support we take a peer-led restorative approach that helps those in the community to maintain a stable home life and the prisoner to be an active family member and parent, while serving their sentence and upon release. 

We are at the same time working on developing ways of better identifying prisoners and their families and linking them to support so that those who often go under the radar are identified and we can combine prevention and intervention more effectively. to bridge this gap, giving prison leavers the support and services they need.

 

Employment Support

Employment is a key factor in helping someone adjust to life after prison, giving them structure, a regular income and stability. However, many prison leavers face huge barriers in accessing the job market and any other forms of support they need to enable them to establish a new life in the community.

Our work aims to bridge this gap, giving prison leavers the support and services they need.

This work is carried out through the ESF CFO3 project which is part funded by the European Social Fund. Working in partnership with Ingeus, it focusses on individuals who need the most support through helping them access employment and training opportunities whilst offering added help from a mentor to help them stay on track.

 

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