Working with others is an important part of our approach. As well as working closely with the National Probation Service (NPS), we also collaborate with other partners in the criminal justice system such as the police, prisons and courts.
Nacro – our strategic partner
Nacro is our strategic partner and is one of the country’s leading social justice charities. It has more than 50 years’ experience working with individuals and communities to reduce crime and help offenders turn their lives around. Through its knowledge and expertise – particularly in tackling a person’s vulnerabilities such as poor mental health, education and family stability – Nacro helps us to shape the strategic direction of our services.
Our operational partners
We partner with a number of organisations that provide a range of community integration services for people leaving prison and those in the community. These partners have been carefully selected based on their experience, expertise and capacity to deliver our contract requirements. Our partners are:
St Giles Trust – a charity which provides support to young people, adults, families and children affected by crime, poverty, poor education and unemployment. As part of their work with us, St Giles provides support to people in prison as part of our Through the Gate programme. Services include helping with accommodation, finance and debt, training and education. St Giles also works with service users in the community, providing the same support but combined with a mentoring service.
St Mungo’s – a housing association and homeless charity which specialises in working with vulnerable people. St Mungo’s provides support to people in prison at HMP The Mount in Hertfordshire as part of Through the Gate. Services include helping with accommodation, finance and debt. St Mungo’s also works with service users in the community across Hertfordshire, providing the same support but combined with a mentoring service.
Nacro – as well as being our strategic partner, Nacro also provides resettlement services to people in prison at HMP Bedford and HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes as part of Through the Gate. Services include helping with accommodation, finance and debt. Nacro also works with service users in the community across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, providing the same support but combined with a mentoring service.
Sova – a national organisation with 850 volunteers and 150 paid staff, which has been working with offenders since 1975. Sova provides support and mentoring to services users in prison and in the community across Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Herefordshire.
Bold Moves – a local organisation which offers a wide range of training programmes to help families and individuals make changes that will improve their lives. Bold Moves works across the CRC, both in prisons and the community, delivering one-to-one and group programmes aimed at changing offending behaviour.
Ormiston Families – a leading local charity dedicated to supporting families, young adults and children. Ormiston Families provides support to maintain or re-build relationships between service users and their families. The charity also works to reduce the impact of offending on children and gives parenting and relationship advice. It works with service users in communities across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and at HMP Peterborough.
C2C Social Action – a Northamptonshire-based Christian charity that offers practical and pastoral support to offenders, helping them turn away from crime. C2C Social Action helps female service users complete their community order while getting support to stop their offending behaviour. C2C also provides resettlement services to women in prison as part of our Through the Gate service.
Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre (CWRC) – a local project which works with vulnerable women in contact with, or at risk of becoming involved in, the criminal justice system. CWRC offers a safe, friendly environment where female service users can access a range of support services, including help with mental health problems and finding work.
Family Groups (Bedford) – a local charity that provides support and training at its women’s centre in Bedford. Family Groups provides practical support, training sessions and mentoring to service users who’ve experienced domestic abuse. Support focuses on building their self-esteem, confidence and skills.
Stepping Stones (Luton) – a local charity dedicated to helping women create happier lives for themselves and their children. Stepping Stones provides a safe, non-judgemental environment for service users in Luton and central Bedfordshire who receive a package of support that meets their individual needs.
User Voice (Stevenage and Peterborough) – set up in 2009 by ex-offender, Mark Johnson MBE, it aims to create dialogue between criminal justice providers and service users that is mutually beneficial. It works with people in prison and in the community. At the CRC, User Voice carries out consultations with service users and has established a council made up of ex-offenders who want to get involved in the running of our services.
We also have our own in-house team that specialises in helping services users get into work, training or education.