Works for Freedom
Works for Freedom supports practice that empowers, by sharing knowledge and experience.
Website URL: http://www.worksforfreedom.org
1625 Independent People offer temporary supported housing to young people aged 16-25 for up to six months in Bristol, aiming for the future when the young person can live independently. Whilst staying at the unit, support is ongoing with:
- A support worker to help young people develop skills and independence
- Education, employment and training support
- Access to specialist services such as mental health, drug and alcohol, mediation
There is also provision for housing in South Gloucestershire.
Prison Reading Groups has published What Books Can Do Behind Bars. You can read the report and find out more about the reading groups here
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
Established in 2007 as a charity,Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through their partner organisations.
The service is:
- Comprehensive and reliable
In the first few hours and days immediately after release and in the weeks and months ahead, Certitude helps people leaving prison to find somewhere to live and also provide advice on benefits and offer emotional support. They can also support people to access health and social services. Based in Balham, they support people from 14 prisons across London and the South East and people who are returning from prison to one of the 33 London boroughs.
MALS (Mentor, Achieve, Learn, Support) Merseyside is a crime prevention programme helping young people between ages 11-19 years old. MALS offer group and one-to-one support dealing with the following issues, including:
Gun and knife crime, bullying, drugs and alcohol, and to those who have been victims of crime.
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
The Pavement is distributed in London, Scotland and the West Midlands. In London alone, around 4,000 copies of The Pavement are delivered to more than 70 hostels, day centres, homeless surgeries, soup-runs and libraries. By using volunteer journalists and homelessness sector professionals, as well as contributions from the country's best cartoonists (many of them Private Eye contributors), there is a balance of news, features, humour and service listings unlike other publications.
Working Chance offers professional help to women who have been sanctioned by the criminal justice system to find work. The organisation gives advice on CVs, interview techniques, training and education needs. Since 2007, Working Chance has been attempting to break down the barriers, for women with convictions to feel valued, by acting as an intermediary between the women and the employer.