Sarah reflects on volunteering at Gosport’s About Turn Project

Sarah reflects on volunteering at Gosport’s About Turn Project image

Sarah Thomson, 43, from Gosport, has been volunteering with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) for the last 18 months. She has been supporting the CRC run About Turn Project in Gosport, a regular group for probation service users located in a community setting. Sarah said: “I see myself as a…

Probation pals raise cash for the homeless

Probation pals raise cash for the homeless image

Four members of probation staff braved cold conditions and slept rough for the night to raise cash for charity. Colleagues from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) took part in an event run by Trinity Winchester, an organisation that provides facilities and support for homeless and vulnerable people six days a…

Community Payback team uncovers hidden parts of Sandown Bay for all to enjoy

Community Payback team uncovers hidden parts of Sandown Bay for all to enjoy image

OFFENDERS carrying out Community Payback are on the right track after creating a new woodland path, which they named Churchill Wood, in Sandown Bay. Access to public land has been vastly improved thanks to a joint project between the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), Arc Consulting and the Bay Coastal Community…

Creative Arts programme helps Zoe hit the right note

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Creative Arts Programme helps Zoe hit the right note MUSIC is helping Zoe Hoddins to overcome anxiety and is supporting her rehabilitation. The 27-year-old has completed a Creative Arts Programme run by TreeCreeper Theatre Company and the Hampshire Cultural Trust, and she hoping to apply for a college course before pursuing a career in music and…

Justice Minister impressed by HIOW CRC

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The Minister for prisons and probation, Sam Gyimah MP, visited Southampton probation premises yesterday to meet with staff and offenders. Mr Gyimah learned about the innovative ways in which the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC) is working to reduce re-offending. Kim Thornden-Edwards, HIOW CRC’s chief executive, hosted the visit, which…

HIOW CRC Women’s Centres help offenders find a new path

HIOW CRC Women’s Centres help offenders find a new path image

Women’s centres help offenders find a new path To commemorate International Women’s Day (8th March), the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC) is celebrating the achievements of women offenders who choose a crime free life. International Women’s Day focuses on the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The HIOW CRC supports women service…

Kabir’s story

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Kabir’s goal is to help reduce re-offending Kabir Breathen quit drugs and changed his life thanks to support from probation, and is now supporting others after successfully completing his order. The 40-year-old is proud of the new life he has built in Portsmouth. With a focus on helping the community, Kabir is known locally for…

Boxing Academy Success Story Steve

Boxing Academy Success Story Steve image

Boxing Academy Programme sparks Steve’s drive and passion to help others “The Boxing Academy Programme has given me stability and a new commitment to helping others, it’s a world away from my previous lifestyle and the behaviours that led to time in prison,” said Steve from Portsmouth, who achieved his platinum Boxing Award and the…

Flick Drummond MP visits Open Door

Flick Drummond MP visits Open Door image

Flick Drummond MP visits project to learn more about issues facing offenders PORTSMOUTH South MP Flick Drummond met with representatives of the Open Door service user group at the probation office in Portsmouth’s Civic Square. Open Door is a group for offenders and former offenders that is hosted and supported by the Hampshire and Isle…

Flick Drummond MP visits Open Door

Flick Drummond MP visits Open Door image

Flick Drummond MP visits project to learn more about issues facing offenders PORTSMOUTH South MP Flick Drummond met with representatives of the Open Door service user group at the probation office in Portsmouth’s Civic Square. Open Door is a group for offenders and former offenders that is hosted and supported by the Hampshire and Isle…