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.

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

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

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The Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project provides mentoring and befriending support to offenders from HMP Liverpool, before and after release, with the aim of helping them to resettle positively back into the community.

A comprehensive service is provided to help offenders overcome any barriers they face, with the objective of reducing reoffending rates significantly, and thus the consequent impact on the wider community.

During 2016/17 the project was funded by a range of agencies including the Big Lottery Fund, the Steve Morgan Foundation, Achieve North West, Sefton Council,
St Helens Council, HMP Liverpool, HMP Kennet and the Community Rehabilitation Company.

The project works in close partnership with HMP Liverpool, and has recently extended its services to HMP Kirkham and HMP Styal, and has also begun discussions with HMP Haverigg.

Key activities during 2016/17 included:

  • Engaging 963 offenders with the project before and after release.
  • Recruiting and training 91 community mentors, 22 per cent of them ex-offenders.
  • Delivering 7,263 hours of support via volunteer mentors which equates to a value of £95,726 based on average earnings in Sefton.
  • Successfully matching 228 offenders with a mentor.
  • Just 15 per cent of offenders who engaged with the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project returning to prison, compared with a national average of 44 per cent.
  • Supporting 16 young people referred from Sefton Youth Offending Team and the Gun and Gang Crime Unit.
  • 37 young people being referredfrom St Helens Youth Offending Team, 29 of whom received mentoring support.
  • Interviewing 124 young offenders aged under 25, 38 of whom engaged with the project and were matched with a volunteer mentor.
  • Supporting 227 mentees over a total of 1,362 sessions to help develop their skills for release as part of the Achieve North West contract to reduce reoffending.

Documents & Downloads

Volunteer Mentor Role Description

More Information

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