Probation partnership proves worth for Doug

Probation partnership proves worth for Doug image

When Doug was released from prison he ran the risk of returning to the streets and a lifestyle that in the past had lead him to attempt suicide. The 30-year-old was jailed for 18 months after being convicted of two aggravated burglaries and assaulting a police officer, incidents that stemmed from him steeling food from…

Michael benefits from Herd Wisdom

Michael benefits from Herd Wisdom image

Michael, a service user with Hampshire & Isle of Wight CRC, has transformed his life with the help of Herd Wisdom, an equine therapy programme run by Tower House Horses. Tower House Horses is an established equine assisted learning facility, situated in the heart of the Hampshire downlands where co-directors Susie Little and Jo Simpson…

Offenders in Hampshire contribute 37,000 hours in community payback

Offenders in Hampshire contribute 37,000 hours in community payback image

Offenders working in their communities after being sentenced for criminal offences have contributed tens of thousands of hours in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Yorkshire. 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…

Our response to the Government’s announcement about CRC contracts

Our response to the Government’s announcement about CRC contracts image

Along with the other Community Rehabilitation Company providers, Interserve has been involved in discussions with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for sometime in order to improve how the national CRC contracts work for both parties. Ian Mulholland (pictured above), Interserve’s Managing Director (public sector) leads Interserve’s justice business, which includes five CRCs. He said: “The…

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…