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Gibran work holistically with women, treating them as individuals and tailoring their support.

Their remit is to provide care and support, increase women's self-esteem, confidence and feelings of control/empowerment in order to help them lead meaningful lives and be able to integrate fully within their communities.

They train peer mentors to allow volunteers to develop professional skills and to combat exclusion by identifying and prioritising their needs, to acquire the life skills to deal with their issues, with the aim of reducing the risk of re-offending.

Gibran UK Ltd has excellent links with a range of voluntary and statutory providers:

  • Swansea Women's Centre to deliver the One Stop Shop services. Swansea Women's Centre provides informal and formal learning opportunities, woman-related resources/information and short-term support and signposting - all in a safe and supportive women-only environment.
  • Jobcentre Plus offices across South Wales, Careers Wales, The Wallich, BTCV, BAWSO (Black Association of Women Step Out), Women's Aid and FFOPs (Family and Friends of Prisoners)
  • NOMS
  • National Probation Service
  • Action for Children (NCH) and Barnardos; helping lone parents develop skills and confidence
  • and a range of organisations that are working with females who have been sanctioned by the criminal justice system, such as UNLOCK, Transitional Support Service and NACRO.

The Gibran UK Ltd project team have worked with Welsh women at HMP Eastwood Park for the last five years; they also have good links with HMP Downview and HMP Foston Hall. The team have been working in partnership with HMP Prison Service Wales since 2002 and National Probation Service South East Wales since 2004.


Published in User-Voices Practice



Llamau is a homelessness charity aiming to support young people and vulnerable women in Wales. Primarily engaging with care leavers, young people who have been involved with the criminal justice system and those with disadvantaged lifestyles, Llamau recognises that they all need high levels of individual support to gain the necessary skills to live independently and be part of the community.

Many of the people they work with are homeless and face serious deficits in their education, affecting their employment prospects as a consequence.

Recognising that individuals have a range of needs - all of which need to be met - means  working collaboratively with partners from all sectors - private, public and not-for-profit - in the interest of what works and what is best for the individual.


Published in User-Voices Practice

Money Advice Map is an internet search facility for the nearest free and independent face-to-face money and legal advice centres. The search facility includes key information relating to the nature of the agencies' work, opening times and eligible postcodes.

Published in Money Links

Homeless Link


Membership body for organisations supporting homeless people and working to end homelessness across England and Wales. Members are frontline homeless agencies, statutory organisations and individuals interested in homelessness or who work/research within the homelessness sector. Publishes the Survey of Needs and Provision, which outlines the services available for single homeless people and couples without dependent children.

Published in Housing Links

This research shows the widespread disadvantage and unstable lives endured by children and young people serving time in custody. It found that more than a quarter had been in care, 20% had self-harmed, 11% had attempted suicide, and 12% had been bereaved, losing either a parent or sibling. More than half came from deprived backgrounds and a similar proportion had run away from home at some point. It also found that around three-quarters had absent fathers, while a third had experienced their mother's absence.

Published in Relationships Policy

This paper examines the links between homelessness and offending and provides a review of research on the impact of supported accommodation. It also identifies critical issues that arise from the research and which may hinder the ability of the ex-offender to ‘move on, including: financial insecurity, family breakdown, multiple deprivation, overdependence, the negative effects of hostel accommodation.

Published in Housing Policy

Examines how models of service user involvement in health research (especially in secure hospitals) can be applied to mental health care in prisons. Also argues that there are established examples of service user engagement in prisoner councils and in prison health service development, such as self-managed care and the expert patient programmes, which could be expanded and rolled out.

Published in User-Voices Policy

The youth justice system remains focused on punishment and young people are often seen as not 'deserving' a say in how it is run - which does not aid rehabilitation. This research highlights barriers and challenges to a participative approach and makes recommendations. Among them: the need for a comprehensive participation strategy, staff training and in-built evaluations. Moreover, 'youth justice agencies should give consideration to the way young people convicted of offences are portrayed, and should take steps to encourage perceptions that they do deserve a voice'.

Published in User-Voices Policy

Research into the resettlement needs and experiences of black, Asian and minority ethnic prisoners and ex prisoners. An innovative aspect of the research methodology was the use of peer researchers to conduct interviews. Key findings of the report include: the (ex)prisoners interviewed thought that accommodation and employment were the most critical factors for successful resettlement; they largely described existing resettlement provision – especially statutory provision - as inadequate; and many of the service providers interviewed were supportive of specialist resettlement provision for BME people, as a means of redressing disadvantages and ensuring that cultural differences are sensitively dealt with.

Published in User-Voices Policy

This report looks at ex-prisoners' views about and interaction with benefit and employment services and the labour market. This qualitative study explores ex-prisoners' attitudes and expectations of work, their barriers to work and follows the transitions between employment and unemployment. It explores their experiences of housing and substance misuse on release. How ex-prisoners managed the financial transition from prison back into the community is also covered. The findings of this research are meant to inform Jobcentre Plus and other agencies’ thinking about how the way in which they provide their services to ex-prisoners could improve employment outcomes and reduce the risk of re-offending.

Published in Learning & Work Policy
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