Working with others is an important part of our approach. As well as working closely with the National Probation Service (NPS), we also collaborate with other partners in the criminal justice system such as the police, prisons and courts.
Nacro – our strategic partner
Nacro is our strategic partner and is one of the country’s leading social justice charities. It has more than 50 years’ experience working with individuals and communities to reduce crime and help offenders turn their lives around. Through its knowledge and expertise – particularly in tackling a person’s vulnerabilities such as poor mental health, education and family stability – Nacro helps us to shape the strategic direction of our services.
Our operational partners
We partner with five organisations that provide a range of community integration services for people leaving prison and those in the community. These partners have been carefully selected based on their experience, expertise and capacity to deliver our contract requirements. Our partners are:
Nacro – as well as being our strategic partner, Nacro also provides resettlement services to people in prison as part of our Through the Gate programme. Services include helping with accommodation, finance and debt. Nacro also works with service users in the community to provide the same support, alongside education, training and employment support and mentoring. www.nacro.org.uk
Changing Lives (Doncaster) – Changing Lives is a national charity which has a women’s centre and community hub in Doncaster. It specialises in supporting women who’ve experienced trauma in their childhood or some form of violence and abuse in their personal lives. It provides counselling and support services to female service users in a safe, confidential and accessible space. Changing Lives also provide resettlement services at HMP Newhall. www.changing-lives.org.uk
Remedi – established in 1996 the organisation delivers restorative justice, mentoring services and training. At the CRC, Remedi provides mentoring support to help build a person's confidence, support to access services such as healthcare and social activities as well as practical skills such as form filling and interview skills. www.remediuk.org
Inspiring Intelligence – a social enterprise, run by ex-offenders, which provides peer-to-peer mentoring services. Inspiring Intelligence provides high-intensity support to veterans and service users with complex issues, both in prison and in the community. www.inspiringintelligence.org
Pact – a national charity that supports people affected by prison and crime. Pact works with our service users and their families to make sure the impact of offending within the wider family unit is minimised. It provides access to appropriate advice, care and support to meet their needs. Pact helps to facilitate contact between prisoners and their families and continues to provide support during the resettlement process and within the community. www.pact.co.uk
Giving service users a voice
User Voice - set up in 2009 by ex-offender, Mark Johnson MBE, it aims to create dialogue between criminal justice providers and service users that is mutually beneficial. It works with people in prison and in the community. At the CRC, User Voice carries out consultations with service users and has established a council made up of ex-offenders who want to get involved in the running of our services. www.uservoice.org