From custody into the community

From custody into the community image

Interserve is recruiting more than a hundred people to join its probation services in a new role dedicated to supporting prisoners to stop re-offending. The company runs five Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) that are responsible for delivering probation services to low and medium risk offenders. Since the Government implemented Through the Gate in May 2015,…

Event recognises staff and volunteers

Event recognises staff and volunteers image

Service users, staff and volunteers met to celebrate the best work carried out by Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company at the organisation’s inaugural recognition event. Representatives from User Voice came up with the idea during one of the CRC’s Service User Council meetings. Certificates for all of those nominated were handed out by M CRC’s chief…

Integrating the Through the Gate Model into the Community

Integrating the Through the Gate Model into the Community image

By Ian Ware, head of quality and policy The Government launched Through the Gate to ensure that people released from short-term prison sentences received support to help them adjust to being back in their communities and to stop reoffending. The initiative was rolled out in May, 2015, as part of the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme,…

Community Payback initiative helps clothe school children

Community Payback initiative helps clothe school children image

A Liverpool councillor has donated 10 school uniforms and food hampers to women on Community Payback. Cllr Gerard Woodhouse arranged the donation after meeting with Theresa Wimsey, who is part of a team that delivers a woman-only unpaid work group as part of a service commissioned by the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC). The…

Michael sees brighter future thanks to partnership support

Michael sees brighter future thanks to partnership support image

Michael was caught in a vicious cycle of re-offending that had already resulted in his daughter being removed from his life and was heading towards a long prison sentence. However, thanks to support from the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC) and social justice charity P3, he quit cannabis, secured the right medication, has stable accommodation…

Suze praises probation and charity for support

Suze praises probation and charity for support image

Suze was arrested for drink driving and thinks probation has helped her address problems which were becoming tough for her to deal with. She had recently moved back to the Wirral after an absence of several decades to look after her mum who had suffered a heart attack. Suze, a chef, had finished a hard…

Clothes donation helps service users dress for success

Clothes donation helps service users dress for success image

Caption: Interserve’s Lynne Morrison (pictured centre) handing donated clothes to TWW’s chief exec Angela Murphy (left) and volunteer Sheila Hillyard.   Clothes given by women from across Interserve have been donated to an “inspirational” charity that supports female service users in Merseyside. The Tomorrow Women’s Wirral (TWW) charity is a female only centre where people…

Women’s centre up for national accolades

Women’s centre up for national accolades image

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral has been shortlisted for two awards at a prestigious national event run by the Howard Reform League. Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW) is an adult, female-only charity that was launched in 2011 by Baroness Corston. Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company’s staff are based at the women’s centre, which means women on court orders or…

Connor praises probation

Connor praises probation image

Connor believes being sentenced for assault has been a “blessing in disguise” because probation has helped him beat depression. The courts gave Connor a one-year Suspended Sentence Order after he became involved in a fight while out drinking with friends in Ormskirk. The judge accepted Connor had acted in self-defence, but had been overzealous in…

Trailblazing programme helps offenders address complex needs

Trailblazing programme helps offenders address complex needs image

Merseyside CRC staff have been praised for their role in supporting a pioneering scheme aimed at support offenders who have complex and multiple needs. Justice Secretary David Gauke (pictured) backed a pilot that is running at Sefton Court that works with people who have mental health, alcohol and substance abuse issues. Mr Gauke spoke on…