Learn2Listen is an organisation that operates a sponsored outreach programme to support youth engagement and community transformation.
There are various ways to help and get involved:
- Sponsor the Book
- Run a Learn2Listen sponsored event or hold a Learn2Listen party
- Sponsor a speaker to deliver their story into a youth or challenged sector
- Offer your time, services or talent
- Help spread the stories and champion Learn2Listen
- Make a donation to support the development of the brand
- Become a corporate sponsor
Out There supports families, in the Manchester areas, of prisoners.
They aim to:
- reduce the isolation experienced by families of prisoners
- maintain family ties
- increase the number and involvement of volunteers
- increase awareness in the wider community of the issues for prisoners' families
- offers one to one contact, home visits, telephone support and support groups
- acts as an intermediary with prison services and provides escorts to prison
- informs families of support and services available to them
- recruits and trains volunteers and introduces them to families
- gives talks to organisations and distributes information
women@thewell is a drop in centre, based in Kings Cross, for women offering them advice and support on the following:
- street based prostitution
- involvement in the criminal justice system
- anti-social behaviour
- problematic drug and alcohol abuse
- rough sleeping
In 2011 they supported 337 women, some with multiple needs:
- 225 needed help with accommodation
- 167 needed support around drug and alcohol issues
- 249 had support needs relating to abuse, rape and domestic violence.
- 224 women had problems with finance, benefits and debt,
- 258 were suffering from mental and or physical ill-health
- 116 disclosed invovlement in prostitution
Caring for Ex-Offenders (CFEO) is an organisation geared towards easing the transition from prison life into the community for those who serving custodial sentences. This is achieved primarily through co-ordinating a link between the individual coming out of prison, and their local church, which aims to better assist successful resettlement. CFEO train a team in a church near to where the individual is due to be relocated, who will mentor and support them at various stages. A relationship between the mentor and the individual is established whilst the individual is still inside prison, with the mentor then meeting them at the gate upon release and accompanying them to initial appointments and assist them in obtain basic needs, such as housing, employment, education, recovery from addictions, financial advice and relationships. With the prospect of reintegration into the community a daunting challenge for someone upon release from prison, the friendship, advice and support offered by a CFEO team makes the chances of successful transition much higher, and, in turn, reduces the likelihood of reoffending.
If you would like to find out more about Caring for Ex-Offenders then please visit www.caringforexoffenders.org/
AFFECT is an organisation for the families and friends of those serving long periods in custody. They offer professional counselling on a one to one basis in person or via the telephone, and also give support with a volunteer who has experience of coping when someone is in prison for a long time. They can accompany those attending court and can offer telephone contact before, during and after the trial.
Happy (Help and Protect Prisoners' Youngsters) gives advice, counselling and free bus rides to families from all over Scotland who are visiting prisoners at HMP Kilmarnock and Shotts. Their aim is to help maintain contact between children and a parent serving time. Without transport, many families would not be able to make regular visits.
The Happy Bus offers a much needed support mechanism and can save not only money but time and energy for visitors.
Founded in 1956 New Bridge offers a wide range of services to help prisoners keep in touch with the outside world and prepare themselves to restablish their lives on release. Through the Befriending and Mentoring Service, volunteers work with longer-term prisoners who have either limited contact, or are no longer in contact, with family and friends.
Prisoners often move to different prisons but the New Bridge befriender stays in contact with them wherever they are, all over the country for the duration of their sentence.
Friends of Guys Marsh fund, part-fund and source funding for both small-scale and larger-scale initiatives that support serving prisoners and the resettlement of former prisoners. As a category C prison, a variety of educational, including literacy and numeracy, and vocational courses, including bricklaying, plastering and painting, are provided. The focus is on rehabilitation after release with the aim to provide suitable courses that will effect this in practice.
Read about the latest news and activities here.
Tender is a charity that works hard to promote healthy relationships based on respect and equality. It uses the world of theatre and the arts to engage young people and enable them to recognise and avoid abuse and violence. The charity, which was established in 2003, works within schools, youth centres, pupil referral units, offices, and healthcare settings, tailoring projects to meet specific needs in order to engage, challenge, entertain, and provoke a fundamental reassessment of our tolerance to abuse.
Tender has since worked with thousands of young people and professionals, educating them about abusive relationships in order to create supportive, abuse-free communities. Many exisiting attitudes within communities continue to condone violence within relationships, which is something Tender work hard to eradicate by implementing early interventions and education.
Castle Gate Family Trust is a small charity based in the Visitors Centre in HMP Gloucester. The Trust provides support for prisoners' families throughout the county, recognising that maintaining family ties is vital for the wellbeing of children, partners, parents of prisoners and for the prisoners themselves.
Castle Gate offer the following services for families:
- Advice and support in court
- Support and help for prisoners regarding concerns for their children
- Information about prison and keeping in touch with a family member