Raising cash for the homeless

Raising cash for the homeless image

Trace Fitzsimmonspell is sleeping rough for a night to help raise awareness and cash for a charity dedicated to supporting homeless people in Merseyside. She will be bedding down in a cardboard box under a plastic sheet outside Liverpool’s St James’ Cathedral. Trace, Wakefield’s service delivery manager at the Professional Services Centre (PSC), is taking…

Helen sees new future thanks to probation

Helen sees new future thanks to probation image

Helen Gray has praised probation for helping her come to terms with her bi-polar condition and to quit alcohol. The 38-year-old, from Liverpool, is supervised by the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC) having being sentenced to probation for slashing tyres on an ex-boyfriend’s car. Helen (pictured left with Jo) is one of scores of…

Probation volunteers talk about their work

Probation volunteers talk about their work image

Volunteers at the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company carry out a wide range of tasks to support offenders and help people make positive change. The Women’s Turnaround Centre, based in Kirkdale, runs a drop-in centre every Wednesday that is support by three volunteers: Zena Cerriickiene, Paula Gerard, and Adele Melling (pictured above left-to-right). The volunteers help with…

CRC wins mentoring accreditation

CRC wins mentoring accreditation image

Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company’s mentoring scheme has achieved accreditation. More than 40 volunteers and mentors are active across the service, with at least 20 of them providing one-to-one support to offenders identified as having specific needs which require extra input. Case managers can refer people on probation to the mentoring service, and mentors are active…

Mentors supporting prisoners at HMP Liverpool

Mentors supporting prisoners at HMP Liverpool image

A pilot has been launched involving volunteer mentors meeting men in custody preparing for release from HMP Liverpool to give them a better chance of readjusting to life in the community. The scheme was established by Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC), Shelter and the prison earlier this month. So far 10 mentors are participating…

Event at Styal aims to help women prisoners

Event at Styal aims to help women prisoners image

Almost a hundred colleagues from across the criminal justice service gathered at HMP Styal to look at ways to improve the support provided to women leaving custody. The event was organised by Mahala McGuffie and Donna Yates, the prison Governor and Community Director of the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CGM CRC). It…

Cope & Recover: One year on

Cope & Recover: One year on image

Victims and potential victims of child criminal exploitation (CCE) on Merseyside have benefited from a project backed by Interserve’s Innovation Fund. Cope & Recover, was co-commissioned by Merseyside CRC and the local Police & Crime Commissioner, with partner Catch 22 delivering victim support and an intervention around CCE and tackling the issues surrounding victims. The…

Offenders on Merseyside contribute more than 168,000 hours in community payback

Offenders on Merseyside contribute more than 168,000 hours in community payback image

Offenders working in their communities after being sentenced for criminal offences have contributed tens of thousands of hours on Merseyside. Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), which is responsible for supervising offenders on Community Payback and ensuring they comply with their sentence. and the orders of the court, delivered 168,030 hours in the past 12 months.…

Interserve receives prestigious certificate

Interserve receives prestigious certificate image

Interserve has earned certification from the International Corrections and Prison Association in recognition for developing personalisation, a theory aimed at helping people on probation to make positive changes. The award is for the work the company’s Community Rehabilitation Companies have done with the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) at Manchester Metropolitan University to develop…

Clothing donation the right fit for women’s centre

Clothing donation the right fit for women’s centre image

Tomorrow Women’s Wirral (TWW) charity has received bags of donated clothing from women based at Interserve’s Capital Tower HQ. TWW is a women only centre where they can address issues to help them make positive lifestyle changes to lead to happier, healthier lives. Women service users supervised by Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC) are…