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Displaying items by tag: Enabling empowering

Inside Time


Inside Time is designed to help individuals in prison, their friends and family members and anyone working in a prison related industry or service. With the strap line ‘the national newspaper for prisoners’ the website has been designed with input from former prisoners. It includes information supplied directly by each prison and the respective organisations, including information on prison visits and regimes.

Published in User-Voices Links

NSUN is an independent network of individuals and groups who have direct experience of mental health distress and/or using mental health services. NSUN aims to engage and support the wide diversity of mental health service users and survivors across England in order to strengthen their voices.

Published in User-Voices Links



CHANGE is an organisation led by disabled people and believes that people with learning disabilities should have the same rights and choices as everybody else. CHANGE works with other people and organisations to try to make sure people with learning disabilities can have all of these things.

Published in User-Voices Links

Advice Now


An independent, not-for-profit website, providing information on rights and legal issues on topics such as benefits, tax credits, evictions, repossessions and debt recovery.

Published in Money Links



User-voice is a charity run by service users of the criminal justice system. User-voice gives individuals who have been convicted of offending a voice and believe the only way to effectively engage with people convicted of offending is through a service user-led and delivered organisation. The organisation provides three types of services to stop ‘re-offending’: programmes which have proven to give a platform to service-users; bespoke consultancy to engage users; and advocacy. User-voice sees the only way to stopping ‘re-offending’ is by involving users of the criminal justice system in the decision making process.

Published in User-Voices Links

Street Stories


How does someone become homeless? Homeless people tell their stories and interview their peers in this illuminating piece of oral history. Themes that emerge coalesce around ten broad headings: homelessness; childhood; family and relationships; women and homelessness; physical and mental health; money, crime, surviving; work and benefits; attitudes to homeless people; anxieties and aspirations; recovery.

Published in Housing Policy

This report explores the views, experiences and suggestions of young people within the secure estate on safeguarding issues. Using quantitative and qualitative methods data was gathered across young offender institutions (YOIs), youth offending teams (YOTs), a secure training centre (STC) and a secure children’s home.

The report focuses on four specific areas: complaints; full searches; helplines and separation and found that many participants felt that this was the first time their voice had been heard. User Voice recommends that a vehicle should be set up to give young people a chance to express their views and feelings.

Published in User-Voices Policy

This policy document focuses on the challenges presented when supporting adults facing multiple needs and exclusions and their families. Adfam notes that adults with multiple or complex needs may be affected by substance use, mental health problems, homelessness, offending, disability or other factors. This policy briefing provides resources for those working with adults with multiple needs from family members to those involved in delivering services on multiple needs.

Published in Relationships Policy

This policy paper identifies areas and examples of how, in a changing policy and commissioning setting, the joint commissioning and delivery of alcohol interventions for individuals in the community, who have been in contact with the criminal justice system, might be productively developed.

This paper also identifies the key challenges for the joint commissioning and delivery of alcohol interventions and suggests ways to improve them. The report notes that there is an under-resourcing for the demand in alcohol provision and recommends that there should be greater service-user involvement.

Published in Drugs Policy

Working Chance


Working Chance is a charity running an employment service for women who have been involved in the criminal justice system. As well as finding paid work, Working Chance also offers voluntary placements as stepping stones to paid employment and a career.

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