Merseyside Offender Mentoring

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Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) deliver mentoring in Merseyside for CFO3
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Sefton CVS’s Merseyside Offender Mentoring project provides one to one support to newly released offenders through volunteer befriending. 

The project supports offenders with identified issues and guides them in a positive way with an overall aim to instigate positive change and reduce the likelihood of re-offending.

Volunteer mentors work with an agreed action plan to support positive resettlement and by signposting the ex-offender to relevant organisations; with the ultimate goal of reducing their offending behaviour. The last three years of the project has seen a significant decrease in the re-offending rates of those who have successfully engaged and had the support of a Volunteer Mentor.

The Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project was successful in being awarded a grant from The National Lottery and continues to support male offenders being released from HMP Liverpool, Merseyside.  With additional grants from the Police Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy and HMP Liverpool, the Project engages Prisoners currently serving sentences by preparing them for release and then working with Volunteer Mentors in the community.

Having a criminal record isn’t necessarily a barrier to becoming a Volunteer Mentor for the Project, and we positively encourage applications from those who may have a criminal record or spent time in Prison themselves.

The project’s work across Merseyside is supported through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, Reaching Communities, the Big Lottery and Achieve North West.

In June 2015 the project was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the UK’s highest award for voluntary organisations.

Highlights of 2014/15 included:

  • Engaging 867 offenders pre and post release.
  • Recruiting and training 59 mentors in 2014/15, around 40 per cent of whom are ex-offenders who provide one to-one support and signpost to the Mentoring Service.
  • Successfully matching 112 offenders with a mentor.
  • Just 17.9 per cent of offenders who had engaged with the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project returning to prison, less than a third of the national average of 60 per cent.
  • Providing representation to the Sefton Stronger Communities Partnership, Sefton MARGG, Sefton DISARM and Merseyside Reducing Reoffending meeting, and also Sefton and Wirral Integrated Offender Management meetings.
  • Establishing links with the Sefton Youth Offending Team and the Gun & Gang Crime Unit.

Highlights of 2015/16 included:

  • Engaging 1,223 offenders before and after release.
  • Recruiting and training 76 mentors, a third of them ex-offenders.
  • Successfully matching 150 offenders with a mentor.
  • Just 10 per cent of offenders who engaged with the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project returned to prison, compared with a national average of 60 per cent.
  • Being represented on Sefton Community Safety Partnership, Compass, Sefton MARGG, Sefton, DISARM, Merseyside Reducing, Reoffending meetings and Sefton and Wirral Integrated Offender Management meetings.
  • Establishing young people’s mentoring projects to work with Sefton Youth Offending Team, the Gun & Gang Crime Unit and St Helens Youth Offending Team.
  • Beginning a new Achieve NorthWest NOMS contract, working with 49 mentees to prepare them for release and reduce reoffending.
More Information

Merseyside Offender Mentoring Team
Email: merseyside.mentoring@seftoncvs.org.uk
Phone: 0151 920 0726 ext 229