Medway & Swale Advocacy Partnership

This charity offers advocacy services to a range of vulnerable groups of people including people in hospital, people with mental health issues, BME groups, and people who are in prisons. Medway & Swale Advocacy Partnership is based in Kent with offices in Strood and Sittingbourne.

Through the provision of advocacy for/with people in prison, the charity recognised that on release, huge barriers and issues remain for individuals which mean they often return to crime. It applied for funding to the Foundation to extend its services to people as they leave prison, and was awarded £7,722 in June 2014 towards setting this up. The anticipation is that through the two-day-a-week post, the service will provide advocacy support and assistance to around 500 people a year.

www.msap.org.uk

Prisoners’ Penfriends

Prisoners’ Penfriends works closely with the Prison Service to enable people in prison to write safely to volunteer correspondents in the community. This reduces the isolation of those prisoners who otherwise have little or no support from the outside world – and assists in their rehabilitation back into society.

In February 2014 the Foundation granted £1,645 to extend the service nationally to sex offenders. The grant covers training and travel costs to ensure volunteer correspondents are fully trained and supported.

www.prisonerspenfriends.org