What support do we offer?
RESTORE'S 'MY LIFE MY CARE'
During 2016/2017 we tested a social enterprise intervention model with a cohort group in three prisons that would help older people with convictions access service providers on their release. The model was recognised by Public Health England as a ‘user-friendly and personalised ‘My Life My Care’ approach to release planning and an example of good practice’ (Nov. 2017).
Restore's 'My Life My Care' is a new pre-release programme for those with complex and multiple care needs and with 12 months or less to serve. The aim will be to help participants live independently in the community without re-offending and to reduce the risk of an escalation of their care to critical. This will involve guiding participants in what they need to know prior to release regarding their personal health and social care and resettlement needs.
- Over 40 years of age with an Adult Social Services Care Plan: Providing ‘through the gate’ one-to-one support in the early stages of release with access to a personal Volunteer Worker (initially limited to 4-6 weeks, subject to review)
- Over 50s with assessed care needs: Producing a personal 'My Own Pathway to Care' (MOP2C) document to access specialist services (housing, health and social care services, benefits, pensions, mentoring agencies, etc.) This can be ongoing and not time limited but subject to a six-monthly review
What we aim to do:
- Provide access to a Helpline; including out-of-hours
- Deliver Restore's 'My Life My Care' over the next three years
- During 2019 we aim to create both paid and voluntary work opportunities for former prisoners who have been trained as Buddies, Peer Carers or Peer Mentors to become Peer Support Workers. We also seek to increase the number of of volunteers with no convictions in the community to become Care Support Workers or Mentors for those who require intensive support.
- Provide a platform for special interest groups to influence decisions that affect their lives, including Older Women, Veterans, Seafarers, LGBTS+, BAMEs, Gypsies & Travellers and Older UK Citizens in Prison Abroad
- Improve access to our regional and national service users membership
- Recruit new Board members with specialist skills and attract more Trustees and Supporters
- Raise ring-fenced funding for Restore's 'My Life My Care' initiative and attract funding partners to ensure sustainability for introducing the programme throughout the UK
Restore Support Network is the user voice of older men and women with criminal convictions and those at risk of receiving a custodial sentence, representing their concerns and care needs. This includes special interest user groups such as older women, veterans, Black & Ethnic Minority (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT). The charity also oversees the development of a national peer-led membership group for older people with criminal convictions who have demonstrated their commitment not to re-offend on release from prison and aim to become positive role models for others in the criminal justice system.
We seek to collaborate with other national and local agencies in the delivery of their specialist services that will benefit our service users. We also fully support government public protection policies including the role of police, probation, courts and victims of crime.
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