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We offer a range of community-based services working across Norfolk and Suffolk. They help people progress their lives with the Peer Advisor Programme playing an important part in enabling this. Through the Programme, we are able to train local people at the grassroots who know the communities and people living in them. Click here to hear how one woman was supported by our caseworker Jodie Stevens, who works across Norfolk and Suffolk to help vulnerable women get their lives back on track.
Working Out offers peer-led support to ex-offenders in Ipswich to help them access education, training, volunteering and employment opportunities. Trained Peer Advisors offer tailored, personalised support to help their clients identify their ambitions and realise their goals. It also offers workshops tailored to the specific needs of the clients.
This includes workshops, one to one peer support from specially trained ex-offender support workers, CV writing, disclosure advice, CSCS preparation, searching for work, volunteering opportunities and further training. It also offers community based housing resettlement support.
We have also secured funding through The National Lottery Community Fund to establish a Peer Hub in this region and it is due to be launched in the coming months.
We help vulnerable women in Norfolk affected by issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse, mental health issues and involvement in the criminal justice system through two key projects.
WONDER+, commissioned by Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner, helps vulnerable women who are at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system. It delivers a whole system approach and works with women in police custody to help them get the support and services they need to address underlying needs.
Footsteps helps women prison leavers retuning to Norfolk by helping them stabilise their situations and prevent the likelihood of re-offending. It specifically helps women who have mental health and/or complex needs. Footsteps is also offered through our London and Yorkshire teams.
Commissioned by Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner, we are working through the SOS+ Service in schools to raise awareness of issues surrounding crime and serious violence and equip young people with the knowledge and tools to stay safe and make positive choices. Professionally trained staff with lived experience of the criminal justice system expose the realities and deglamourise some of the myths around getting involved in crime and help young people stay motivated on a positive path. It also helps professionals working with young people and parents to raise awareness around signs to look out for amongst young people who could be vulnerable and at risk.
We also offer SOS+ work in schools across Suffolk.
Through our involvement with the Community Rehabilitation Company in this region we are delivering education, training, and employment support in the community helping people with convictions across Norfolk and Suffolk access opportunities.
We are working through BENCH (Bedfordshire, Northants, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire) Community Rehabilitation Company in HMP Peterborough to offer resettlement support to male and female prisoners. We also offer 'through the gate' resettlement support to men leaving the prison returning to Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.