Hertfordshire Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (HACRO) works from offices in St Albans and has been running for 45 years. It provides mentoring and courses that benefit people whilst in prison, and also in the community to aid the rehabilitation of ex-offenders. It works to support offenders’ families and also manages the Visitors Centre at HMP The Mount. Part of its work, particularly in prisons, has been restricted due to COVID regulations, and some moved online.
At the October 2020 Trustee meeting, the Foundation agreed a grant of £9,775 for HACRO. The funds will cover costs of running a programme called Caring Dads for men in the town of Broxbourne. This can be run either face-to-face or remotely depending on circumstances. The course will benefit fathers where allegations of domestic abuse have been made, and aims to improve parenting skills and prevent further damage to children. Around 16 men will benefit, along with their children, their children’s mother and any other partners and children the men may have now or in the future. This is because the participants’ attitudes and understanding of what behaviours are appropriate changes as they learn child-centred approaches to parenting.