Flourishing Futures set to blossom

Flourishing Futures set to blossom image

Probation has launched an allotment project for offenders in Basingstoke that is aimed at planting the seeds of change. Senior Case Manager Andrea Stace developed the idea for the probation plot – called Flourishing Futures – after herself benefiting from gardening as a means of relieving stress. The allotment is a five minute walk away…

Offenders help memorial garden blossom

Offenders help memorial garden blossom image

Offenders carrying out Community Payback have been praised for the work they have done to ensure the Nicholson Memorial Garden blossoms. Teams of up to eight people sentenced to unpaid work orders supervised by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC) have been carrying out a range of tasks at the…

Max secures job after support from HIOW Education, Training & Employment

Max secures job after support from HIOW Education, Training & Employment image

Service user Max is on his way to full-time employment with the support of Rebecca Frame, education, training and employment officer with HIOW CRC. Max has four offences which were based around a failed marriage and the use of alcohol as a coping mechanism. Rebecca says: “Max is an educated individual who is deeply ashamed…

Interserve’s work to reduce domestic violence

Interserve’s work to reduce domestic violence image

An intervention that addresses behaviours linked to domestic abuse is being rolled out across Interserve’s Community Rehabilitation Companies. Help was developed by Merseyside CRC’s Roy Cook, together with support from colleagues. It is part of the new strategy being implemented as part of Interserve’s Domestic Abuse Guidance. The programme began as a voluntary course, with…

Offenders contribute £135,000 to communities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Offenders contribute £135,000 to communities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight image

Offenders working in their communities after being sentenced for criminal offences have contributed thousands of hours in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC), which is responsible for supervising offenders on Community Payback and ensuring they comply with their sentence. and the orders of the court,…

Personal approach to reducing re-offending

Personal approach to reducing re-offending image

by Caroline Marsh, independent consultant working with Interserve justice We can support people to make changes to their lives, but my firm belief is that it is only when an individual wants to change, that really crucial progress can be made. Interserve, which runs five successful Community Rehabilitation Companies, has recognised this principle and has…

Waltham Chase Methodist Church

Waltham Chase Methodist Church image

Offenders carrying out Community Payback have improved the grounds of Waltham Chase Methodist Church. Groups of up to 10 people on probation have been supervised by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC) at the church. They have been working on the project for the last six weeks. Community Payback is…

Working in partnership with Storeroom

Working in partnership with Storeroom image

HIOW CRC is supporting partner Storeroom Education in its bid for further funding. Storeroom 2010, the furniture re-cycling charity based on the Isle of Wight, regularly offers training courses and support to HIOW service users through Storeroom Education. Last year Storeroom helped support 240 learners aged 18 and over who participated in one of the…

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…

Butler Trust latest accolade for Aaron McCabe

Butler Trust latest accolade for Aaron McCabe image

Probation case manager Aaron McCabe has added another top accolade to his haul, after making a stunning transformation following release from custody in 2013. The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company employee (here pictured with the CRC’s chief executive Kim Thornden-Edwards) is one of only 50 people nationwide to receive a prestigious certificate…