Merseyside Offender Mentoring

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.

CFO3 Programme

Tackling the barriers to Effective Resettlement and promoting Social Inclusion. 

The Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project is part-funded by the European Social Fund.

The Achieve mentor provides one-to-one mentoring support to the men in HMP Liverpool. The mentor receives referrals from the Achieve case managers identifying the support needs of the individual and providing an agreed action plan of support which may include coping strategies for mental wellbeing, substance avoidance techniques, anger and stress management, thinking skills and confidence building. Furthermore, the Achieve mentor will offer advice and guidance where possible and signpost to different services within the prison where needed to help rehabilitate and reduce the likelihood of re-offending upon release.   

Become a Volunteer Mentor

CLICK HERE to apply to be a volunteer with the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project 

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Merseyside Offender Mentoring project would like to thank the following funders and partners for their ongoing support to the project:

This project provides mentoring and befriending support to offenders before and after release from HMP Liverpool, with the aim of helping them to resettle positively back into the community.

A comprehensive tailored service is provided to assist offenders in overcoming any barriers they face, with the objective of reducing re-offending rates significantly, and thus the impact on the wider community.

In 2019/20 the project was funded by a range of agencies and charitable trusts including the Big Lottery Fund and the John Armitage Charitable Trust.

Key activities during 2019/20 included:

Engaging with 1,275 offenders at the prison.
Successfully matching 169 ex-offenders with a volunteer mentor.
Recruiting and training 73 new volunteer mentors.
Organising the Recognising Our Volunteer Mentors Event in November 2019 in celebration of the Lottery’s 25th birthday. Since 2015 the mentors have given 46,258 hours of their time to supporting ex-offenders which equates to a monetary value of £589,326 based on average earnings in the borough.
Attending the University of Liverpool Volunteer Fair in August to recruit new volunteer mentors.
Providing representation to the Sefton Community Safety Partnership, MARSOC and DISARM,
Merseyside Reducing Re-offending meetings, Integrated Offender Management meetings in Sefton/
Liverpool/Wirral/St Helens, Priority and Prolific Offender meetings, Organised Crime and Gang Groups,
Achieve North West and HMP Liverpool Partnership meetings.
Receiving funding from the Merseyside Police Violence Reduction Unit to support ex-offenders leaving custody by offering them volunteer mentor support.

The Merseyside Offender Mentoring project was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June 2015:


Documents & Downloads

Volunteer Mentor Role Description

More Information

Merseyside Offender Mentoring Team
Phone: 0151 920 0726 ext 229