Storybook Dads

Storybook Dad’s overall aim is to help families deal with the trauma of separation and stay connected, and thereby improving successful reintegration into the family upon release. The scheme operates in more than 100 prisons across the UK from its base in HMP Channings Wood in Devon. The scheme helps imprisoned parents to maintain contact with their families by enabling them to record personalised bedtime stories which are then sent to children on CDs and DVD. This improves prisoners’ self-esteem and perceived value as parents, as well as bringing comfort to the children, reminding them that they are loved and missed.

At the February 2020 meeting, the Allen Lane Foundation offered funding of £10,000, payable in two instalments over two years. The grant will contribute towards general running costs.

www.storybookdads.org.uk

Finding Rhythms

Finding Rhythms aims to change people and society through music.  It has developed a range of music programmes working in prisons and community settings, led by musicians and artists.  Each project involves the participants working together to write and record an album of music which is then professionally produced.  The project has been run at a number of prisons across East Anglia, London and the South East. Outcomes for participants include: experience of working in a high-intensity professional environment; increased ability to communicate and collaborate; improved prospects for employment and further study; increased optimism, positivity and feelings of connectedness to others

Funding of £5,214 over two years has been agreed at the February 2020 Trustee meeting. This grant will contribute directly towards work in HMP Peterborough – within the closed women’s prison.  It will help fund three 36-hour projects benefitting 30-45 women prisoners.

www.finding-rhythms.co.uk

Family & Friends of Prisoners

Family & Friends of Prisoners (FFOPS) is based in Swansea and runs the Family Centre attached to HMP Swansea. Its work involves meeting with families who are visiting their loved ones in prison, providing them with a range of emotional and practical support, and helping them to navigate the prison system. FFOPS provides valued support for individual families including where children are visiting a parent in prison. It also works with families in the community.

The Foundation agreed a two-year grant of £4,000 per annum at the October 2019 Trustee meeting. The funding will contribute towards the salary costs of the volunteer coordinator/outreach worker. Outcomes of the funding include assisting in rebuilding and maintaining family relationships, and working towards offenders re-integrating into the community on release, and therefore reducing the risk of re-offending.

www.ffops.org.uk

Tillery Action for You

Tillery Action for You focuses on assisting disadvantaged people to overcome barriers to training and employment. It operates across the Blaenau Gwent area of South Wales. The organisation offers a range of training and transitional employment opportunities from its workshops in the Innovation Centre Ebbw Vale.

Tillery Action For You instigates and undertakes green space renovation projects in the local community, with participant volunteers learning new skills and gaining qualifications. 50-60 individuals benefit from working with Tillery Action For You each year with around half those involved having a criminal background or are at risk of offending.

The Allen Lane Foundation made a £5,000 contribution to Tillery Action For You at the June 2019 meeting of Trustees. This will assist with paying the rent of the Innovation Centre workshop unit. Outcomes of the work include an increase to skills, qualifications and confidence, and better opportunities for people to gain employment. Additional benefits for the local area include a number of community renovation projects – the biggest of which in 2019 was the renovation of the Aneurin Bevan stones which saw 22 people working on the project over a four month period.

www.tafy.co.uk

Safer Living Foundation 

Safer Living Foundation was established with the primary aim to provide evidence-based interventions which support offenders with sexual convictions as they move from prison into the community.  It runs three projects – a Circles project providing support and accountability for people on release back into the community; the Aurora project which offers therapy and support to people at risk of offending; and the Apollo project which works with young people who may be showing harmful behaviours.  The Foundation is an award-winning organisation, recognised nationally for its innovative work with individuals convicted of sexual offences. Its overarching mission is to prevent further victims.

In June 2019, Allen Lane has awarded a £15,000 grant towards the salary of a Centre Manager at the new Corbett Centre for Prisoner Reintegration in Nottingham.  This new venture is the world’s first fully holistic approach to rehabilitating ex-offenders with sexual convictions.  It aims to reduce the risk of re-offending and support and empower people to live productive and meaningful safer lives.

www.saferlivingfoundation.org

 

Prison Fellowship Northern Ireland

This charity operates across all three of the prisons in Northern Ireland, through a range of services.  It operates a visiting regime, offering practical, mental health and emotional support to prisoners, and runs the Sycamore Tree restorative justice programme involving both prisoners and victims.  It also works with families of prisoners in the community, supporting them whilst the offender is in court, with transport to prisons, and help with donations of food and furniture to try to alleviate poverty.  It also helps prisoners on leaving prison at its centre in Belfast.

The Foundation has awarded Prison Fellowship a £5,000 grant at its February 2019 meeting.  The grant is for the charity’s work with women prisoners held at Hydebank Wood prison.  Anticipated outcomes of the work are that vulnerable women offenders will report feeling better supported, women on leaving prison will better re-integrate into family and community life, women will report improvements in self-esteem and mental health. Overall the aim is that fewer women will reoffend.

www.pfni.org

 

In2Out

In2Out is a registered charity based at HMYOI Wetherby, West Yorkshire. It aims to reduce reoffending amongst children and young people leaving custody and returning to communities across the north of England. In2Out provides one-to-one mentoring to help young people with a whole range of practical issues such as with housing, money, substance abuse, health and relationships. It also supports access to education, training or employment, and helps them find a new positive community and circle of friends to move forward in their lives in a more meaningful and fulfilling way. Last year it supported 91 young people, and its work has consistently recorded a reoffending rate within 12 months of release of less than 25% (compared to the national average of this age group of 65%).

In February 2019, the Foundation has offered £5,000 as a contribution towards the salary of the Mentor Coordinator working in the communities across South Yorkshire and the Humber. It is anticipated that with additional hours per week, the numbers of young people able to benefiting from accessing their mentoring services will increase. The majority of those supported are aged between 15 and 21 years.

www.in2out.org.uk

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