Women’s Breakout

Women’s Breakout is a national umbrella organisation which represents projects working with women who have offended and those at risk of offending.  It aims to understand the needs and aspirations of the member organisations and develop tools and deliver support to reflect their priorities; and also to act as a strong voice and advocate on their behalf to influence policy making around women in the criminal justice system and how they are affected.

In June 2016, the Foundation awarded a two-year grant totalling £15,000 towards the salary of the Communications and Administration worker. Over the period of the grant, Women’s Breakout intends to continue to provide regular targetted communications with its membership, and fully represent groups and issues relating to women, within the sector.

www.womensbreakout.org.uk

Trellis

This organisation works across Scotland to support a network of 340 therapeutic gardening projects and practitioners.  It helps projects as they become established, and with their development.  The charity offers site visits, advice and information, and runs a variety of network meetings where members can share good practice and new ideas.

In June 2016, Trellis was awarded a two-year grant (£5,000 and £4,900) which will be put towards a project with the Scottish Prison Service.

Trellis aims to increase the availability of therapeutic gardening for people across all Scotland’s 15 prisons and is planning a series of knowledge and training sessions to help with the development of the project.  The aim is to build new links between prisons and their local communities, increase the number of people who benefit, provide support to practitioners including prison officers who deliver the gardening activity programmes, and increase learning for individuals who take part.

www.trellisscotland.org.uk

 

Tees Valley Women’s Centre

This women’s centre is in Southbank, on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.  It is a pioneering grass roots venture providing a one-stop-shop for women in a non threatening safe environment which helps to support the well being of local women and improve their quality of life.  To do this it offers one to one support, advice & guidance, training and education, employment opportunities, a drop in facility to help tackle social exclusion, and referral to outside agencies when necessary.

The Foundation has made a £5,000 grant towards the general running costs of the Centre in February 2016.  It will contribute towards providing assistance to more than 200 women.

www.teesvalleywomenscentre.co.uk


Wye Community Farm

Wye Community Farm is owned and run by its members and is set up as a Community Land Trust.  It’s main aim is in demonstrating important new ways for the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and how the countryside is managed.  The Farm manages livestock, farmland and woodlands around the village of Wye, near Ashford in Kent.  Volunteers and visitors come to the Farm to help with the work, learn about farming and rural crafts, and take part in various groups and activities.

The Allen Lane Foundation has offered a £4,000 grant towards the Farm’s Wagons Roll project.  The project will involve around 20 people carrying out their community payback services in partnership with Kent Probation, at the local Brook Agricultural Museum.  Working alongside skilled craftspeople, the attendees will help to restore a bullock cart at the Museum, learning skills such as carpentry, leather work, iron craft and sign-writing.  Acquiring such skills will help attendees improve their employment prospects, and they will also benefit from being part of a team, working with others, seeing their efforts and hard work being valued; and ultimately help to reduce the likelihood of them re-offending.

www.wyecommunityfarm.org.uk

Restore & Resettle

R&R is a drop-in centre for ex-offenders.  It offers a complete advice and guidance service, from claiming benefits, completing forms, and using a telephone.  Staff and volunteers help boost life skills and well-being through training courses, gardening, a range of activities and offering employability support.  The centre is located in Hull and sees people referred from a number of other organisations and through word-of-mouth.  The ultimate aim is to keep people from re-offending and to gain employment through showing them encouragement; that there are positive alternatives to their destructive lifestyles; and giving support and help to change. R&R helps people to tackle their issues and re-build their lives.

The Foundation provided funding in October 2015 towards costs relating to a café and sandwich delivery enterprise.  A grant of £4,100 was made, which will enable the enterprise to develop, and offer opportunities for people to increase their skills and gain some qualifications, work as a team, and also learn about growing and cooking food and healthy eating.

 

Shirley Community Chaplaincy

This is a relatively new charitable organisation which works in and around Newcastle. It aims to provide mentoring support to prisoners on release from prison, to help them build a new life, and prevent re-offending. It focuses on long-serving prisoners, particularly those who no family, or who have lost contact with their families. People are referred from prison chaplains and prison officers to the scheme.

£4,000 was awarded to the organisation in June 2015, as a contribution towards the part-time Community Chaplain post. The worker meets people as they are released, and works with them to build a supportive network in the community. The aim is also to set up a self-help group for ex-offenders who have successfully settled into the community to help and support others as they are released.

Sussex Prisoners’ Families

This organisation was set up in 2013 to support families in Brighton, West and East Sussex to cope with the emotional and practical issues which can arise when a family member is imprisoned. Help is available at the earliest opportunity through direct contact at court, and as they progress through the criminal justice system. Sussex Prisoners’ Families provides information, advice and guidance and signposting to local community-based services to en-sure families can access the help and support they need.

£7,000 was offered to this organisation at the June 2015 meeting of Trustees. The funding will contribute towards salary costs of a Court Family Support and Outreach Worker, and some associated costs. This role will recruit, train and supervise volunteers, provide addi-tional support to referrals made by court volunteers, and access further opportunities to de-velop the scheme further.

www.sussexprisonersfamilies.org.uk

Crime to Christ Charitable Trust

Crime to Christ Charitable Trust is a Northampton-based charity which offers practical and pastoral support to offenders and ex-offenders. It aims to give people support to enable them to turn their lives around, move away from crime, and also to rebuild relationships with families. It runs a number of projects: a resettlement scheme working with offenders prior to release; a mentoring scheme with young offenders and their families; a project working with women receiving community orders; and prevention programmes in local schools.

A £10,450 single grant was made to this charity in February 2015. Funding is towards the Prison Work project, which expects to support 30 offenders and their families in Northamptonshire over the year. The overall aim is to reduce re-offending through offering mentoring and one-to-one support as people leave prison and resettle back into the community.

www.c2ccharitabletrust.com

Prison Fellowship Northern Ireland

Affiliated to Prison Fellowship International, this charity works in and around the three prisons in Northern Ireland. It challenges people’s behaviour to prevent re-offending, runs preventative programmes and the Sycamore Tree restorative justice programme, and works with families of those incarcerated.

The Allen Lane Foundation awarded £10,000 funding, split equally over two years in February 2015. The grant is specifically for support work with women prisoners at Hydebank Wood, including life-skills workshops, restorative interventions, and mental health support. The aim is to support vulnerable women, improve their mental health, and make a positive improvement on their lives, leading to reduced offending.

www.pfni.org

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