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Works for Freedom

Works for Freedom

Works for Freedom supports practice that empowers, by sharing knowledge and experience.

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Changing Paths

(22/04/14)

Changing Paths is a Community Interest Company and Charitable Trust that assists people who have been sanctioned by the criminal justice system, and others, into skilled, sustainable and paid employment within the construction sector and its supply chain.

They achieve these goals through providing constructive and comprehensive training packages and programmes, and continually growing their partner base who are willing to take on Changing Path graduates.

The intention is that Changing Paths will establish itself as a route of choice out of re-offending for those in the prison population with a genuine desire to change their life prospects on release.

Elmore Community Services is a registered charity that provides high quality services for marginalised and disenfranchised people throughout Oxfordshire.

Elmore aims to work with people with complex needs (including mental health) who do not easily fit into existing service provision or who need support to access service provision in their local community. They identify gaps and barriers in current provision and use this information to lobby for, and create and implement models of working that address these issues. They work directly with people on the margins of society and aim to support individuals to have equal access to the basic rights of society.

They provide both emotional and practical support. This might include helping individuals to register with a GP, support to access addiction services, making sure that they have support in court or help to sort out their benefits and finances. Elmore will help build confidence and independence so that people will feel ready to eventually stop working with them.

Published in User-Voices Practice

YES+ services are designed to explore the underlying causes of criminal and anti-social behaviour with a unique feature – they are the product of criminal experience. The YES+ team have 'walked the walk'; the majority have come from the same background and feel strongly they can help other young people make different choices.

All YES+ interventions are designed by the team and based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Techniques (CBT), personal experience and 'what works' research. The identification between YES+ Facilitators and their young client group helps to promote trust, empathy and credibility. This is a key factor in the delivery of the intervention - to divert young people from crime by empowering them to explore social responsibilities and lifestyle choices.

Published in User-Voices Practice

Caritas Anchor House is a residential and life skills centre for single homeless people. They support over 200 people each year, giving them so much more than just a roof over their heads. Their aim is to address the root causes of homelessness and create sustainable solutions that ensure the people we help will never find themselves in that situation again.

Identifying, addressing and finally overcoming the root causes of why someone is on the street is the cornerstone of Caritas Anchor House's success. Upon arrival, each individual becomes involved in their aspirations programme. This programme works with the individual so they can realise which areas of their lives need improving, what direction they want to take their life in, and through training and education, how to get there. 

Anchor house also has a recovery hub available to its residents and the community who are in recovery from alcohol and substance misuse. It is made up of the Recovery Capital Programme, the Recovery Café, SMART Recovery meetings, Peer Mentoring, the Abstinence Day Programme and Mutual Aid groups.

Published in Housing Practice

The Upper Room

(08/04/14)

The Upper Room is a charity working with the socially disadvantaged. They work with homeless people, economic migrants and people who have been in prison in order to help them improve their lives and conditions and give them the self confidence to become economically independent.

It began as a simple soup kitchen, and now runs three major services. 

UR4Meals: feeds 90-120 people, five days a week, as well as providing free clothing and bedding, volunteer opportunities, support with health and housing, onward referrals and reconnection services. 


UR4Jobs: a pioneering multilingual employment support service, largely for unemployed Central and Eastern Europeans. It aims to break the circuit of un-employability and homelessness among 300 beneficiaries a year by providing a personalised mix of administrative expertise, entry level skills training, motivational courses, bilingual counselling and access to legitimate jobs. 


UR4Driving: a prize-winning project which aims to reduce recidivism among 30 individuals who have been sanctioned by the criminal justice system a year. The service teaches these individuals to drive in return for voluntary work and then treating their new driving licences as vocational qualifications for work in transport and warehousing. Since its launch in 2010, over 150 people with an offending history have or are still enrolled and only 3 have reoffended after passing their Driving Tests.

 

All of these services are free and have one aim: to improve people's lives by providing a safe, warm and friendly environment. Their services are personalised to suit the needs of each individual and The Upper Room pride themselves on finding innovative solutions to intractable social problems.

 

 

On Monday 7th April Dr Stephanie Covington will be delivering a special event in London on creating a trauma-informed culture within criminal justice and associated health & social care systems

Royal Society of Medicine
Central London

10.00 - 12.30 pm or 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm

Download the flyer below or click here for more information.

The day will be led by Dr Stephanie Covington, a leading expert recognised for her pioneering work in the area of trauma. A clinician, author, organisational consultant, and lecturer, she specializes in the development and implementation of gender-responsive services and cultural change in both the public and private sectors.

This event forms part of a unique programme of workshops that shines the spotlight on women at risk within the criminal justice and associated health & social care systems. It will present solutions for transformative change to address the negative impact of trauma on health, mental health and the development of adverse outcomes such as offending.

It has been made possible through funding by Lady Edwina Grosvenor, the Bromley Trust and LankellyChase Foundation supported by a high level Women@Risk Coalition.

The audience will comprise of senior decision-makers and professionals across government departments, including Department of Health, Communi-ties & Local Government, Home Office, Ministry of Justice with colleagues from HMCTS, police, probation, prison and associated voluntary and statutory services.

Watch Stephanie Covington talk about what motivated her to work with women in custody.

Published in Have your say

Lightbox is a not-for-profit community interest company and its current project; 'The Happiness Project', is based in Bristol.


The project brings a signposting service and happiness workshops to Bristol with the aim to improve mental wellbeing in both individuals and communities. Those at Lightbox believe that our level of well-being affects people we may never even meet, and in this way we hold a lot of power.


'When we invest in our own happiness we are also investing in the happiness of the community and society we live in.'


Lightbox has worked alongside many support services in Bristol to work with usually hard to reach individuals. The happiness workshops are completely free to attend and are hugely creative; they aim to provide ideas and tools for individuals to take away after the workshop in order to maintain positive well-being.


The workshops follow different themes to remain available to everyone and beneficial to anyone. Prisons have previously sent out residents to attend workshops as part of their preparation for release and reintegration into the community. Lightbox also works with probation services in the community by providing a series of workshops in situ for their clients.

Published in User-Voices Practice

Work this Way

(01/04/14)

Work this Way provide training, work experience, employment opportunities and support to prisoners nearing the end of their sentence. 

Work this Way has set up voluntary and paid work experience placements, drawing on third sector and public sector partnerships to help prisoners or ex-prisoners find employment. Along with accredited training and practical skills, individuals involved in the programme are be mentored and trained to develop essential work skills such as communications, timekeeping and team-working.

They currently run two programmes: Waste Works, where individuals are trained how to create beautiful furniture from waste, and Oil Works, where individuals learn how to take used cooking oils from prison kitchens and local businesses and turn it into clean Bio-diesel. Both of these are run at HMP Standford Hill in Kent.

After completing the programmes, all participants are offered follow-up support as they seek work. This could include practical and technical advice or making contact with relevant support agencies.

 

Miss Macaroon

(27/03/14)

Miss Macaroon is a social enterprise that aims to help young care leavers and individuals who have had involvement in the criminal justice system in order to improve their skills and gain sustainable employment.

There are various workshops available that teach marginalised young people expert culinary skills, all the while improving their confidence, team working skills, social development skills and setting and achieving goals.

The experience in the work place alone is vital, and individuals are supported into further training if they wish to do so.

Street Doctors

(25/03/14)

Street Doctors teach high-risk young people to deliver life saving first aid skills. They teach these young people the essential knowledge about dealing with stab and gun wounds, the basic biology behind them, and how to stay calm before help arrives.

In their workshops, that last between one and two hours, the Street Doctors aim to educate the high-risk youth with essential knowedge but also hope to change their attitudes towards violent crime and carrying weapons in the first place.

The charity was started in 2008 by two young medical students, however it has continued to grow and receive more support and is now available in most major English cities. 

 

 

Published in Health Practice
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