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Project information

Community Reintegration project

Assisting female prisoners/offenders in Birmingham and Sandwell to: Reintegrate into their communities on release from prison• Maintain contact with their children and families •Promote access to learning opportunities and employment.

September 2010 - September 2014

Charity information: Women Acting In Today's society

Women Acting In Today's society
  • Need


    On 7 Jan 2011 the number of women in prison in England and Wales stood at 3,982. Women prisoners are often inadequately prepared for release •Home Office research found that 41% of women in prison did not have accommodation arranged on release. •Around one-third of women prisoners lose their homes, and possessions whilst in prison.•Over half the women in prison have suffered domestic violence and one in three has experienced sexual abuse.•66% of women in prison have dependent children under 18


    The project will work in partnership with organisations working with this client group and provide the following services:•Life Skills workshops consisting of: Confidence, esteem building; stress management; positive relationships •Signposting clients to training and employment providers.•One to one support•Advocacy and advice Safe Accommodation•Counselling•Money/debt advice•Access to legal advice through partnership arrangements •Befriending•Support Group•Act as referees for social landlords

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Assist female prisoners/offenders to Reintegrate into their communities on release from prison


    » A support package is worked out with the offender in line with the NOMS and governments priorities for the client group.
    » WAITS role is to: Liaise with other organisations on behalf of the offender.
    » provide Life Skills and employability skills workshops,

    What success will look like

    Reduction in offending behaviour
    Improvement in health and emotional well being.

    Aim 2

    Assist female offenders maintain contact with their children and families


    » Work with family members
    » Parenting skills workshops
    » Delivering the Strengthening families and communities programme
    » One-to-one counselling

    What success will look like

    Increase the number of women prisoners/offenders maintaining contact with their children, families and communities.
    Improvement in parenting skills

    Aim 3

    Provide offenders with a release plan that identifies the housing, employment and social needs.


    » build up a data base of social landlords, Training organisations, Housing departments, Employers, Education department.
    » Act as referees for social landlords
    » Signposting clients to agencies who provide advice around training and employment issues

    What success will look like

    Success will be.the number of women in safe Accommodation and maintaining their tennancy, engaging with training providers and entering the employment market

    Aim 4

    Promote access to learning opportunities and employment for offenders.


    » Delivering workshops preparing women for the employment market.
    » Life skills workshops and signposting women to organisations providing training and employment support
    » One-to-one mentoring

    What success will look like

    Increase in the number of women returning to education, training and employment and involved in voluntary work.

  • Impact


    This project will make a difference to people’s lives by providing vulnerable women with practical support, access to housing, training, employment and community services. Evidence suggests that an offender is much less likely to reoffend if she feels part of a family and community, from which she receives support as well as owes obligations.


    •Lack of involvement from community organisations, WAITS will work with existing partner organisations and our network of over 90 women orgs to raise awareness of the project..
    •Low turnout at workshops, publicity for workshops will be targeted, some workshops will be delivered with partners and in community locations
    •Failure to secure necessary funding for WAITS is seeking support from Charitable Trust to develop and deliver project and to continue beyond the one year funding


    The project will report to donors by providing progress reports, end of year monitoring and evaluation reports, when necessary case studies,attending external evaluation meetings, monitoring visits from donors and delivering presentations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £142,308

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      Amount Heading Description
      £80,855 staff costs Staff costs for 2 years
      £46,221 Activities costs work shops and activities over 2 years
      £15,232 Central costs premises ICT support/printing , governence

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Charles Hayward £15,000 Guaranteed
    Henry Smith £40,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will cover women living in Birmingham and Sandwell West Midlands. The project will work with womens prisons accross the country


    The project will Work with 60 female prisoners/offenders’ and140 family members over two years. Approximately 60 women will be referred to the project and undertake a needs assessment each year. Approximately 50 women will consistently engage with the project. The project will work with women offenders who have received non custodial sentences.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The organisation works in partnership with referral agencies such as the police, social services, Cafcass, Schools, doctors’ surgeries, voluntary and statutory sectors. WAITS has a 16 year track record of working with the relevant client groups and experience of working with women from BAME communities. Through these work experiences WAITS have identified gaps in service delivery to: Female prisoners; Women from BAME communities who are victims of Domestic Abuse.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sharyn Tulloch

    Resettlement worker providing holistic support, advocacy and cordinating a package of care with voluntary and statutory service providers.

    Marion Clarke

    Counsellor providing one-to-one counselling

    Marcia Lewinson

    She will be responsible for supervising staff and managing the project