If you’ve been on the wrong side of the law more than you’ve been on the right side and you don’t know how to turn your life around, what do you do? Your friends and associates are probably not the right sort of people to help and may be just the opposite! You’ve never had a job or never been able to hold onto one, you’ve possibly been on drugs and have known no other lifestyle than turning to crime in order to support your lifestyle.
These are the challenges that face those people who are the subject of the Integrated offender Management approach. This is a multi-agency partnership to identify and manage the most persistent and problematic offenders.
According to the Government website
IOM helps to improve the quality of life in communities by:
- reducing the negative impact of crime and reoffending
- reducing the number of people who become victims of crime
- helping to improve the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system
The IOM cohort in Hertfordshire is jointly managed by Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Probation Service. A number of these people are clients of our BBO service and now, HACRO has been given funding for a pilot project to further assist in helping some of the most persistent offenders to turn their lives around.
In February a new programme for IOM clients will begin in Stevenage. The course has been designed by our WorkAbility tutors, Jo Perschky and Fin Lawrence, and is being funded by the Probation service. The programme, which lasts 12 weeks, will concentrate on the life skills needed in order to integrate into mainstream society. The first 8 weeks are all about self: – raising confidence, anxiety and depression, an introduction to anger management and anything that relates to well being and positive self awareness. There will then be a further 4 weeks which will be determined by the needs of the group, so if the group feel they would benefit from more anger management we would delve into the subject in more detail.
The numbers on the programme will be small (partly due to Covid), but the outcomes will be carefully monitored using the Warwick Edinburgh Well-being score and tools used by the police to assess propensity to reoffend.
We look forward to working with colleagues in Probation and the Police on this exciting new project and anticipate that it could lead to a new ongoing programme for HACRO.
HACRO’s Volunteer of the Year 2021
Congratulations to Trevor Jones -HACRO’s Volunteer of the Year 2021.
HACRO are truly grateful to all our volunteers for the time and dedication they give to HACRO and to our service users!Trevor says “I have been volunteering at HACRO for a few years now both within the Prison and with ex-Offenders. People ask me why I do it. Sometimes it can be challenging and even frustrating, but I say it is always interesting. I have learnt a lot about how people can end up in prison and about their hopes for a better life. If I can help them find constructive ways to achieve that, then it is truly rewarding. I never forget those real “light bulb” moments.
To be named Volunteer of the Year came as a total shock to me, but an Award I was happy to accept. There are a lot of people at HACRO who work quietly in the background but who are making a real difference. I feel privileged to work alongside them.”
About us: HACRO (Hertfordshire Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders) is a charity that helps people who have been on the wrong side of the law to turn their lives around. We do this by delivering family support and ex-offender employment programmes – both proven to reduce re-offending.
The latest estimate of the annual cost of crimes against individuals and businesses is £59 billion in England and Wales. Reoffending rates are 28-30% with consequent costs to individual victims, families, and society. Reducing re-offending is a win – win – win: for society and victims, for the tax payer and for offenders who we enable to get their lives back on track.
Our Vision: is a world in which everyone on the wrong side of the law has the chance to turn their lives around and lead a life fully contributing to society.
Our Mission: is to offer support for offenders, potential offenders and their families to manage positive change in their lives; to engage with influential partners in the community of Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties; and work to establish a range of educational and training initiatives with a focus on gaps in provision.
“Prison in the Community, Community in the prison”
“Rebuilding the relationship with their children”
“Getting ex-offenders into work”