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
The New Bridge Foundation
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
We deal with these risks by not growing our service too quickly as we have to be able to fund the expansion.
Donors will receive a quarterly e-mail report on the project detailing the increase of volunteers and prisoners.
Budget - Project Cost: £96,305Loading graph....
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
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.
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.
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.
Pauline is the Director of Volunteering and has overall responsibility for New Bridge's core work.