Interserve’s work to reduce domestic violence

Interserve’s work to reduce domestic violence image

An intervention that addresses behaviours linked to domestic abuse is being rolled out across Interserve’s Community Rehabilitation Companies. Help was developed by Merseyside CRC’s Roy Cook, together with support from colleagues. It is part of the new strategy being implemented as part of Interserve’s Domestic Abuse Guidance. The programme began as a voluntary course, with…

Garden blossoms thanks to Community Payback

Garden blossoms thanks to Community Payback image

Caption: M CRC’s Sue Lam and May Diskaya at Toxteth’s community garden Offenders have been praised for transforming an overgrown dumping ground filled with broken booze bottles and rubbish into a thriving community garden as part of an unpaid work project. Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC) supervises people on Community Payback who undertake projects…

Ronnie benefits from partnership support

Ronnie benefits from partnership support image

Caption: P3’s Emma Gourdji who provided intensive support to Ronnie.   Facing homelessness, a chronic pain condition and an on-going struggle with heroin addiction – Ronnie felt his chances were bleak. But thanks to intensive support from the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company and P3’s link working service, Ronnie has successfully completed his post sentence supervision requirement,…

Students learn about the Interchange Model

Students learn about the Interchange Model image

Students at Liverpool John Moore’s University got the chance to learn about Interserve’s Interchange Model at an event run in conjunction with probation and User Voice. Rosie Godwin, a community director at the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company, participated in the annual event with Kev O’Brien, from User Voice, at the university. It is the third…

Offenders contribute more than £255,000

Offenders contribute more than £255,000 image

Offenders carrying out Community Payback have completed tens of thousands of hours improving communities in Merseyside by way of reparation. Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC) is responsible for supervising offenders on Community Payback and ensuring they comply with their sentence. Offenders completed more than 32,627 hours in the first quarter of 2018. With the…

Civic seal of approval

Civic seal of approval image

Liverpool’s Deputy Mayor Ann O’Byrne visited Adelaide House to congratulate Theresa Wimsey for work carried out by women on Community Payback. Cllr O’Byrne, who represents the Warbreck ward, has been a long-time supporter of the work undertaken by the unique Community Payback team, following her job as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. Merseyside Community Rehabilitation…

Community Payback praised

Community Payback praised image

Offenders carrying out a range of Community Payback tasks across Merseyside have been praised by beneficiaries for their efforts. Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company supervises people on unpaid work orders who undertake projects all year round, and by doing so make reparations for the crimes they have committed. The Trustees of Toxteth Town Hall Community Resource…

Personal approach to reducing re-offending

Personal approach to reducing re-offending image

by Caroline Marsh, independent consultant working with Interserve justice We can support people to make changes to their lives, but my firm belief is that it is only when an individual wants to change, that really crucial progress can be made. Interserve, which runs five successful Community Rehabilitation Companies, has recognised this principle and has…

Volunteer role lets Lola help others

Volunteer role lets Lola help others image

Lola turned to heroin to help her cope after her husband died, but after years of struggling with addiction she is now clean and a dedicated probation volunteer. The 49-year-old, from St Helen’s, spent two decades committing fraud, deception and theft as she funded a burgeoning drug habit. The mum-of-three completed several custodial sentences and…

Peer mentors helping prisoners through the gate

Peer mentors helping prisoners through the gate image

Colleagues from a range of agencies celebrated the launch of a volunteer peer mentor scheme aimed at improving Through the Gate provision in Merseyside. Through the Gate was launched by the government three years ago and is aimed at supporting people released from short term custodial sentences to make a successful transition into the community…