Project information

Supporting ex-offenders to re-engage in community

Volunteering in the community provides an evidenced route to reducing re-offending, and improving the personal skills, well-being and employability of those leaving prison. WWV supports offenders to access opportunities which meet their needs and interests, and provides a route to lasting change.

June 2014 - May 2017

Charity information: WorldWide Volunteering (WWV)

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  • Need

    Need

    Many ex-offenders on release find the transition to living in the community highly challenging, and that is why rates of reoffending are so high. After release many feel isolated and stigmatised and find it difficult to find a meaningful role in their life. They often have little money and no purposeful activities for the day, no reason to get up in the morning and no realistic route to employment. If they are to keep out of prison they need to find some life satisfaction and purpose.

    Solution

    Working on both sides of the prison gate, to ensure seamless progression from prison to community, the programme enables people who would otherwise be excluded from society to participate in positive and purposeful diversionary activity, improving integration, building a sense of belonging and involvement, a resilience to turn their back on the past, and opening significant opportunities for the future. The programme works with all offenders and ages, regardless of the offence committed.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    More ex-offenders successfully and sustainably resettled in the community in target areas

    Activities

    » Inform, encourage and inspire clients to explore the potential of volunteering
    » Tailored matching, advice and support to identify appropriate community volunteering opportunities
    » Individual support including guidance, coaching, communication and social skills
    » Support to apply for placements, and then support in volunteer placement and mentoring to progress to education or employment

    We use client questionnaires to collect feedback on intermediate outcomes, and conduct periodic external evaluations. We also receive feedback from referral agencies


    Aim 2

    Improved mental and physical well-being of ex-offenders in target areas

    Activities

    » Individual support including guidance, coaching, communication and social skills
    » Support to apply for placements, and then support in volunteer placement and mentoring to progress to education or employment

    We use client questionnaires to collect feedback on intermediate outcomes, and conduct periodic external evaluations. We also receive feedback from referral agencies


    Aim 3

    Increased access to long-term employment or education for ex-offenders in target areas

    Activities

    » Individual support including guidance, coaching, communication and social skills
    » Support to apply for placements, and then support in volunteer placement and mentoring to progress to education or employment

    Periodic external evaluations look at long-term changes in client lives. We also use Ministry of Justice Datalab to track clients progress against the wider offender population.


    Aim 4

    Re-offending rates reduced in target communities

    Activities

    » See above

    Periodic external evaluations look at long-term changes in client lives. We also use Ministry of Justice Datalab to track clients progress against the wider offender population.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Re-offending rates reduced in target communities.
    Periodic external evaluations look at long-term changes in client lives. We also use Ministry of Justice Datalab to track clients progress against the wider offender population.

    Risk

    The programme depends on strong links with referral agencies - these have been built up over a period of 5 years, and as a result demand for services is very high.

    Reporting

    We can produce reports in whatever form donors wish - including case studies, qualitative and quantitative results, backed up by evidence.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £135,000 Staff salaries Salaries for programme staff
      £15,000 Travel Travel costs for programme staff

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trust funding £105,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The programme operates in three locations: across Greater London, Greater Manchester and Glasgow

    Beneficiaries

    The direct beneficiaries of the project will be offenders and ex-offenders in the target areas, and their families. We expect to work with a minimum of 400 clients over the course of the 3-year project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    WWV is unique in working this way, and over the past 5 years we have gathered feedback from both clients and referral partners which has shown us that the programme is highly valued, and considered as one of the most effective programmes working with ex-offenders in the target areas by probation services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Volunteering Project Manager

    Direct 1-1 mentoring, coaching work with clients