Margaret Carey Foundation

This organisation offers new skills and possible employment opportunities to prisoners within a number of prisons in the north of England.  It also runs projects in local communities for vulnerable people, and for specific groups.  The focus of the work is on renewing and repairing bikes or wheelchairs, which are then either sold in the MCF shop, to generate income for the charity, or donated to partner charities who distribute them to people in need, mainly in developing countries.

A general contribution of £6,000 was offered towards Margaret Carey Foundation’s work at the October 2018 meeting of Trustees.  This will help to maintain the prison-based projects, and provide help in the rehabilitation of offenders.  An average 115 men currently participate in prison workshops which help to build a sound work ethic, develop inter-personal skills and confidence, and give individuals a sense of ‘giving something back’ through helping others.

www.margaretcareyfoundation.org.uk

Imago Dei Prison Ministry

This charity aims to provide care and support to women in prison, and help to equip and empower them to address the reasons for their crime, and go on to lead different lives upon release.  It currently operates in three women’s prisons – in Kent, Surrey and London.  A programme called ‘Free to Be’ covers a variety of topics including parenting classes, victim awareness, understanding forgiveness, living with loss, and empowerment and confidence building.

The Foundation has offered funding of £5,000 towards Imago Dei Prison Ministry which will contribute towards running costs of programmes.  Last year 121 women attended the courses, and surveys with attendees showed very positive results.  In the coming year, it is anticipated around twice as many women will benefit.

www.idprisonministry.org.uk

 

 

 

Kent Refugee Help

This charity was initially established to provide support, advice and assistance to immigration detainees held at Dover Immigration Removal Centre.  Since that Centre’s closure in 2015, Kent Refugee Help’s focus moved to support people detained in Kent prisons and also HMP Pentonville in London.  It works with foreign national prisoners – some of the clients are in prison under immigration regulations, being deemed too high risk to be placed in a removal centre.  Others may be refugees,
former unaccompanied minors, EU migrants, those with long residence who came to the UK with their parents when they were young, and people who are undocumented or stateless.

Many of the people the charity works with have been detained indefinitely; they may have severe mental health issues, and some have made repeated suicide attempts as they felt so helpless.  Most are denied legal aid and have complicated legal issues.  The charity holds bi-monthly surgeries at two prisons, where it signposts and helps people access legal advice and representation. In doing so, it aims to improve the wellbeing of people detained.

At the October 2018 Trustee meeting, the Foundation offered a general contribution of £5,000 to the charity’s running costs.

www.kentrefugeehelp.org.uk

Prism Start

Prism Start is a community interest company in Norfolk aiming to help ex-offenders into employment, and therefore reducing the likelihood of reoffending. It assists people on release from prison, engaging with them to provide training and work experience. Staff then aim to match individuals with suitable employment opportunities, through developing links with local employers.

Allen Lane has offered a grant to the organisation of £3,500 at the June 2018 Trustee meeting. This will contribute towards Prism Start’s general core costs.

www.prismstart.org

Alternatives to Violence Britain

This is a charity working nationally to “help people learn how to handle conflict without resorting to, or becoming subject to, violence, in any of its numerous forms”. It runs workshops both in prisons and in the wider community, and a six-week distance learning programme for prisoners.

In June 2018, the Allen Lane Foundation awarded a contribution of £4,211 to the charity.  This will fund approximately a quarter of the annual costs of running ‘Facing Up to Conflict’, the distance learning programme for prisoners.  The course is offered free to every prisoner in Britain, and helps participants to handle conflict more effectively through application of non-violent conflict resolution techniques, reflection on past experiences, and increased self-awareness. The grant will support 100 prisoners to benefit.

www.avpbritain.org.uk

 

Integrate Scotland

Integrate Scotland works with offenders and ex-offenders with the overall aim of reducing re-offending and bringing about sustained lasting changes to people’s lives. Based in Aberdeen, it provides support to individuals both within the local community, and also to those held in HMP Grampian. The Community Chaplaincy Service helps people with a variety of assistance including mentoring, advocacy, and practical help.

The Foundation has offered funding over a two-year period towards the salary costs of a newly created part-time Community Chaplain. This position will provide 15 hours a week of support, including delivery of Restorative Justice courses within the prison, and will support the senior Community Chaplain’s role. Outcomes anticipated from the work include improved confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing of prisoners and ex-offenders; prisoners will experience and demonstrate positive attitudinal change relating to their offending; and that ex-offenders will take part in, and integrate with the community. The grant totalled £10,000 over two years, and has been offered from February 2018.

www.integratescotland.org

The Mediation Service

The Mediation Service is a registered charity which helps with mediating neighbour disputes, and operates across East Kent.  Much of its work is in partnership with prisons, police, schools, probation and local authorities in housing and environmental health.  It works with individuals and also provides training.

The Foundation offered a single grant of £4,871 in June 2017 towards the charity.  This is specifically towards the provision of victim – offender mediation services which will take place at the prison cluster on the Isle of Sheppey.  This includes HMP Swaleside, Elmley and HMP/YOI Standford Hill. The grant will contribute towards a regular mediation service, including training and related expenses.  It is anticipated that over the year, around 20 cases will be supported, plus ten family conferences.

Criminal Justice Alliance

The Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) is a membership coalition currently working with 120 organisations from across the country, up from 70 two years ago. A registered charity founded in 2007, it campaigns for ways of diverting people from crime, delivering fairer justice, reducing reliance on imprisonment and improving rehabilitation. In consultation with its members, it aims to intervene pragmatically, and brings the weight of views from member organisations employing over 12,000 people between them. Two specific current workstreams are ending unfair use of stop-and-search and securing a right to restorative justice.

Allen Lane has offered a grant of £10,000 to the CJA towards its general running costs. Outcomes anticipated include expanding the membership and making considerable impact through the two strands of campaigning work. The Foundation has funded the CJA with a number of grants in recent years and is very supportive of its work.

www.criminaljusticealliance.org.uk

 

Futures Unlocked

Based in Rugby, Futures Unlocked is a community chaplaincy which works across Warwickshire and has been in existence since 2006. It aims to increase safety, reduce re-offending, and strengthen communities through its mentoring work both within prisons, and through-the-gate work into communities. It hopes to create opportunities for people whilst in prison, and on release, to build more stable lives and works with around 60 people at any one time. Futures Unlocked runs a bike recycling project and offers various courses, including a personal development course, and has recently set up a community café.

In February 2017, the Foundation has offered Futures Unlocked a grant of £8,000. This will add to other grant-funding, and income from the café enterprise, and contribute towards the charity’s overall costs.

www.futuresunlocked.org

Centre for Peaceful Solutions

This charity works nationally to develop projects which focus on building and restoring relationships, community and family mediation, restorative justice, resolving conflict and improved communications. It has instigated large-scale and local projects working in various settings, including in schools, healthcare, local communities, and within the criminal justice system using a unique communications framework it has developed called the Dialogue Road Map.

£14,912 has been awarded from the Foundation to the Centre for Peaceful Solutions in October 2016. This grant is towards a scoping project at HMP Dartmoor, which will focus on a baseline study of the prison’s current approach to dialogue, conflict, violence and restorative approaches. A detailed report will assist the Centre for Peaceful Solutions to work with the Prison in applying restorative justice principles across the whole prison community, establishing the pioneering demonstrator project ‘The Restorative Prison’. The ultimate aim is to reduce the re-offending rates of prisoners through the provision of practical communication and life-skills.

www.centreforpeacefulsolutions.org