Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project

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Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project

Sefton CVS’s ‘Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project’ is pleased to announce its success in being awarded a Grant from The National Lottery, to continue its support to Male Offenders being released from HMP Liverpool.

With additional Grants from the Police Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy and HMP Liverpool, the Project will engage Prisoners currently serving sentences by preparing them for release and then working with Volunteer Mentors in the community.

Mentors work with an agreed action plan to support positive resettlement and by signposting the ex-offender to relevant organisations; with the ultimate goal of reducing their offending behaviour.

The last two years of the Mentoring Project delivery has seen a significant decrease in the re-offending rates of those who have successfully engaged and had the support of a Volunteer Mentor.

The Mentoring Project is currently recruiting Volunteer Mentors to offer offenders returning to the Merseyside area this unique tailored support.

Volunteers must be over 21 years of age and be able to demonstrate they have significant life experience and the necessary communication skills to work with this often challenging client group.

Practical experience of the issues faced by ex-offenders is a must in this role and there will be a rigorous and robust recruitment process before being selected as a mentor.

Having a criminal record isn’t necessarily a barrier to becoming a Volunteer Mentor for the Project, and we positively encourage applications from those who may have a criminal record or spent time in Prison themselves.

Details of how to apply to be a Volunteer Mentor can be sought here.

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Merseyside Offender Mentoring project celebrates Peer Mentors

HMP Liverpool’s Peer Mentors were recently recognised for their achievements as part of the Merseyside Offender Mentoring project.

The offenders were the first graduates to receive certificates and recognition for completing the project’s first peer mentor course.

This was a the very first group to be trained and all will be suppporting fellow prisoners to engage in the Merseyside Offender Mentoring project to seek support on release.

A further 45 offenders have expressed interest in becoming peer mentors. The next training sessions will start in late February.

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