South West Community Chaplaincy

This charity is based in Exeter, and works across Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset. It has been working for over ten years to provide support to people leaving prison, aiming to rehabilitate and reintegrate people into their local communities.  Its work benefits around 150 men and women each year.  The main focus is through mentoring support, with 35 volunteer mentors working across the region.  People are supported whilst still in prison, and on release into the community.  Feedback from those involved shows that the support offered by this charity helps individuals make identifiable progress in their lives, in various areas such as training, employment or tackling drug/alcohol issues, and helps them to find a different path away from crime.

The Allen Lane Foundation has offered a £10,000 grant over a two-year period. Funding was agreed at the October 2020 Trustee meeting, and will contribute towards the charity’s general running costs.  Outcomes anticipated are that at least two thirds of engaged beneficiaries will achieve significant progress in their lives; and they will have improved life skills, improved lifestyles, and better ability to overcome social and practical problems.