HACRO is offering you news and information about how we can help you in the areas of Supporting Families, Supporting Employment, Events, Issues that Matter.

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Supporting Families

Supporting Families - what support do families get? Family members may have mixed feelings about the imprisonment of a loved one, shock, devastation or even sometimes relief. One of the many worries that a family member of an offender will experience is the...

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HACRO Achievement Awards 2019

HACRO celebrates Ex-Offenders and their supporters who’ve changed lives The HACRO Achievement Awards 2019, now in their third year, celebrate the journeys some ex-offenders have made to turn their lives in a direction that is more meaningful and crime-free.  The...

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Resettlement of offenders

Resettlement of offenders - what is resettlement? Resettlement is a term used by prisons to describe resettling back into the community upon release and preparation for life after prison. There are a number of organisations who are there to support ex-offenders upon...

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Advice for offenders

Advice for offenders - what is available? Advice for offenders can be limited but there are always websites that can be utilised. 'Prisoners Advice Service’ http://www.prisonersadvice.org.uk/  where there is a lot of information on a number of topics for example:  ...

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Prison Charity

What Does a Prison Charity Do? As a prison charity one of HACRO’s main responsibilities is to offer support to offenders and their families.  Rehabilitation is a key role of a prison charity, for an offender to have a connection to their family and friends and a sense...

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Recommended Read – NAO

Recommended Read - NAO: HACRO recommends reading this report from NAO - National Audit Office. This report takes stock of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms following the decision to terminate the CRC contracts. It builds on our previous work and examines the...

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Working with offenders

Working with offenders: Why is it a good idea for an offender to think about employment or starting up their own business? HACRO offer a number of programmes for offenders which focus on planning for employment/self-employment: to enable them to turn their lives...

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Volunteering in Hertfordshire

Volunteering in Hertfordshire: HACRO offers 'volunteering in Hertfordshire opportunities' and some paid work too! We currently have 57 volunteers and a handful of paid staff, we are looking to build a stronger team and provide you with some great local volunteering...

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How WorkAbility Works: A Case Study

“Billy” was one of the participants on WorkAbility Workshop 3 which started in June 2018 in Stevenage. Billy is in his late 20s and suffers with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and has poor literacy skills. His education had been very disrupted having...

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Prisoner Helps Peers

Prisoner Helps Peers. HACRO recognizes a serving prisoner who has helped other prisoners change their lives. At their recent Achievement Awards, HACRO recognized a serving prisoner at HMP The Mount with the full support of the prison Governor. The man, who must remain...

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Exceptional Couple Who Never Gave Up

Exceptional couple: HACRO Achievement Awards recognize an exceptional couple who never gave up on their prodigal son. HACRO Achievement Awards celebrate the success of some of those who have not only turned away from crime but have turned their lives around; and they...

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HACRO Achievement Awards 2018

HACRO Achievement Awards 2018: HACRO celebrates those who’ve changed lives in Achievement Awards 2018. The HACRO Achievement Awards, now in their second year, celebrate the journeys some ex-offenders have made to turn their lives in a direction that is more meaningful...

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Project Strive

Project Strive Building Better Opportunities, breaking barriers to employment. April 2018 Progression Report: Remind me, what is Project Strive? Since October 2016 HACRO has been a delivery partner for Building Better Opportunities, which is managed by Herts County...

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Working at the Mount Prison – an inside view

Mount Prison. These 2 blogs have been written by a senior member of staff at HMP The Mount and give a good idea of what it’s like working inside a prison. Click here for The Mount Prison opening times. What’s it like working in a prison? I am often asked “What is it...

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AT THE MOUNT PRISON H IS FOR HAWCS

The HAWCS are a team of hard-working Health & Wellbeing Champions who are prisoners at HMP The Mount in Hertfordshire. They have all passed NVQ Level 2 in Understanding Health Improvement. The teams’ main objective is to improve the Health and Wellbeing of the...

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Hard Work and Some Holiday Season Fun!

With over 25000 visitors to HMP The Mount each year, including nearly 5000 children in 2017, the organisation and well running of the Tea Bar by the HACRO Organiser and the team of Volunteers remains essential to the ongoing work involved in running The Visitors’...

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HACRO WorkAbility Gets Thumbs Up

HACRO’s first WorkAbility course ends next week. Here’s what two of the participants have to say about their experience of WorkAbility: “I have found the course to be very helpful. I have managed to improve my self-confidence and learned positive and vital information...

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Getting Local Business Support for HACRO WorkAbility

A key objective of HACRO WorkAbility is to develop links with the Hertfordshire business community, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. Many Hertfordshire businesses, particularly in the construction and hospitality sectors, are now looking for...

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WorkAbility Pilot Project

HACRO and its partners are running a pilot project to check the WorkAbility concept and its outcomes. The pilot is based at Emmaus St Albans and the course is being delivered by tutors from the WEA. Susan Pope, Area Education Manager for the WEA commented, “The WEA...

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Introducing HACRO WorkAbility

What is WorkAbility? WorkAbility is a new HACRO initiative for supporting ex-offender employment and reducing their likelihood of re-offending. It is a partnership between the public sector (National Probation Service), private sector (BeNCH CRC), and voluntary...

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How Employing Ex-Offenders Works

15 years ago, I visited Thorn Cross, a prison near Warrington. I was there to set up a conference that was taking place the following week. Matt, the inmate who showed me round was so impressive…

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017

ANNUAL CONFERENCE. Thursday 28 September 2017, Hertfordshire Constabulary HQ, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6XF, CONFERENCE

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HACRO in Pictures

HACRO in Pictures. Take a peek at what we’ve been doing, through a set of pictures taken at various locations…

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PROJECT STRIVE

STRIVE is one of three Building Better Opportunities projects and focuses on barriers to employment…

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