Project information

Befriending Service

New Bridge has trained and recruited and trained volunteers to befriend and encourage men and women in prison to give positive thought to their time in prison and plans for release. Some of them will re-offend, many will not, having made the hard choice to change direction.

The Befriending Service project is on-going with no end date

Charity information: The New Bridge Foundation

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  • Need

    Need

    New Bridge is trying to help with there being fewer victims, because all offenders who can benefit from our support are given the help they need to stop offending..

    Solution

    New Bridge works with individual offenders responding to their own needs, talents and potential. Through befriending and mentoring we help them to realise their full potential as members of society.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To continue and increase the number of volunteers

    Activities

    » We intend to increase our volunteer numbers by 30 per yr of our core befriending work to address a significant unmet need from prisoner

    We set up commissioning an bi-annual evaluation of our volunteers for our befriending service in 2012 to show the impact our service has.


    Aim 2

    To increase the the number of prisoners New Bridge helps.

    Activities

    » We intend to increase the number of prisoners we help by advertising our services more frequently in Inside Time, a monthly prison newspaper.

    We set up commissioning an annual evaluation of our befriending service in 2012 to show the impact our service has.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our annual evaluation of our befriending service since its inception has shown our befriending work has a really positive impact on resettlement and desistance from reoffending. We will demonstrate the success of the project by an increase in the number of volunteers & prisoners.

    Risk

    We deal with these risks by not growing our service too quickly as we have to be able to fund the expansion.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive a quarterly e-mail report on the project detailing the increase of volunteers and prisoners.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £96,305

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,500 Volunteer expenses Allowing volunteers to make a round prison trip e.g. £62.50 for 300 miles journey)
      £4,975 group meetings volunteers attending their monthly group meeting (9 meetings per yr)
      £12,000 volunteer training weekends training approx 60 new volunteers
      £50,000 staff costs towards staff costs
      £4,830 admin cost of redirecting prisoners letters

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trust £12,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Our project is run all around the country, We hold monthly vol group meetings in
    Birmingham x 3, Bristol, Exeter, Hampshire, Leeds, Liverpool, London x 8, Manchester and Nottingham.

    Beneficiaries

    The general public and individual offenders responding to their own needs, talents and potential. Through befriending and mentoring we help them to realise their full potential as members of society.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    New Bridge was set up in 1956 and our work is unique in that our volunteers are attached to the prisoner not the prison; this is what makes New Bridge different from the Prison Visitor System run by Prisons in conjunction with the Chaplaincy. Chaplaincy visitors are attached to a particular prison and when a prisoner moves to another prison - something that happens quite frequently, they lose touch. NB vols stay with them regardless of where they are moved to in the prison estate.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Pauline Austin

    Pauline is the Director of Volunteering and has overall responsibility for New Bridge's core work.