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…

Update on Autism Together: More than £900 raised so far

Update on Autism Together: More than £900 raised so far image

Community Director Karen Rooney recently completed a day’s Community Payback in the Wirral in order to raise awareness about autism raising more than £900 in the process. The fundraising event was in aid of the National Autistic Society and was part of World Autism Week. Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how people…

Merseyside CRC launches Women’s Alliance to support vulnerable women

Merseyside CRC launches Women’s Alliance to support vulnerable women image

Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) with the backing of the Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell, has launched the Merseyside Women’s Services Alliance. It aims to provide a joined-up approach in providing effective interventions and support for women experiencing complex and multiple needs, many of whom are caught up in the Criminal Justice System.…

Probation staff raising awareness about autism

Probation staff raising awareness about autism image

Community Director Karen Rooney will be undertaking a day’s Community Payback in the Wirral in order to raise awareness about autism. The fundraising event is in aid of the National Autistic Society and is part of World Autism Week. Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with…

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…