In addition to providing long term peer befriending support, the charity recruits and trains people with no criminal convictions who are Enhanced DBS checked to provide a personalised mentoring service for high risk offenders and vulnerable adults.
The Restore Support Network (Restore SN) Vision is to bring peace and reconciliation to our local communities, including victims of crime. We achieve this by reducing re-offending through our care, resettlement and rehabilitation programme. The support we offer enables them to live independently in the community with the help of their personal volunteer support worker.
We are concerned over the number of older people receiving short custodial sentences, including some for the first time. Recent figures show an increase in the number of men and women being given sentences of less than three months for non-violent offences.
In order to meet the growing demand for our services we are seeking funding from grant-making bodies, commissioners and social investors to introduce a new initiative during 2017/2018. As a result of feedback from our service users and trials currently taking place in three prisons, we have developed a user-friendly and personalised 'My Life My Care' approach. It involves the production of guidance to meet the personal care and resettlement needs prior to release, linked with a personal support worker to provide one-to-one support, together with a dedicated helpline. It has been possible to adapt this pathway approach as an outcome of our older veterans outreach initiative which ended in April 2017 as the result of grants from the Royal British Legion and The Mary Kinross Trust. The latter also made a grant that enabled us to adapt the approach specifically to meet the needs of older women released from prison.