Step Together Volunteering

Supporting ex-offenders to re-engage in community

Volunteering in the community provides an evidenced route to reducing re-offending, and improving the personal skills, well-being and employability of those leaving prison. WWV supports offenders to access opportunities which meet their needs and interests, and provides a route to lasting change.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 June 2014 to 12:00 AM, 1 May 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1038253)

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Situation

Many ex-offenders on release find the transition to living in the community highly challenging, and that is why rates of reoffending are so high. After release many feel isolated and stigmatised and find it difficult to find a meaningful role in their life. They often have little money and no purposeful activities for the day, no reason to get up in the morning and no realistic route to employment. If they are to keep out of prison they need to find some life satisfaction and purpose.

Solution

Working on both sides of the prison gate, to ensure seamless progression from prison to community, the programme enables people who would otherwise be excluded from society to participate in positive and purposeful diversionary activity, improving integration, building a sense of belonging and involvement, a resilience to turn their back on the past, and opening significant opportunities for the future. The programme works with all offenders and ages, regardless of the offence committed.