HACRO a Hertfordshire based charity that supports the care; rehabilitation and resettlement of offenders have been assisting with project work at Emmaus St Albans.

As part of HACROs’ ‘Leaving Prison Behind’ initiative they have been working in partnership with Emmaus St Albans for the past year.

The team of prolific offenders who are engaging in the rehabilitation programme offered by HACRO have been helping the community with renovation, clearance and decoration projects.

Currently the team are assisting with a re-design of the dining area at St Albans, to create a more user friendly space for Emmaus Companions.

Community Support Manager at Emmaus St Albans, Jennifer Hewson said: “It is an absolute pleasure to have the HACRO team here with us every week.  They have made such a huge difference in the maintenance of the buildings that we occupy. It has been great to see the relationship between our two charities has blossomed over the past year and I am really excited about how we can work together in the future”.

“Partnership working is so important for charities like HACRO now that public sector funding for our kind of work is so hard to get,” said Yasmin Batliwala, President of HACRO. “We have the highest regard for the work Emmaus does. It’s good that our ex-offender clients, who have difficult enough journeys to get back on track, are able to move their lives forward in a place like Emmaus. We are delighted to be forging a link with them and look forward to developing it.”