WHAT WE DO!
Preventing people from committing crimes is the most important aspect of a crime free society. The first step in rehabilitation is to work with those people who are at risk of offending. They are the people who are jobless and homeless. Thus the areas that we can work on are as follows:
First Steps Programme
This programme deals with working with troubled families to help improve parenting skills and to strengthen their capacity to prevent young people from becoming involved in crime and antisocial behaviour. The aim is to support parents by offering them the chance to gain skills and qualifications, and improve their parenting skills and health.
To provide homes for people and support them to keep a stable home. This can be done by:
* providing short-term accommodation to homeless young people.
* helping residents to develop the skills they need to live independently, maintain their own tenancies, get into education, training or employment, and stop offending.
Early Intervention Service:
Get in early with troubled young people who have either been excluded from school or are at risk of being excluded, by providing them with the opportunity to gain qualifications, skills and confidence so they can get back into learning or training.
This programme will prevent people from getting involved in antisocial behaviour by working with them to improve their attitudes and behaviour. We also need to work with local communities to address the damages caused by antisocial behaviour.
2) WORKING WITH OFFENDERS
There is growing evidence of the particularly acute difficulties faced by prisoners returning to mainstream society and, as a consequence, their vulnerability to negative influences.
Identifying the right offender
Data collected by us and by the mentor when he visits the offender, will help to identify the right offender for the programme who is in right state of mind, is positive about his life and motivated enough to make life better for himself and his family.
Linking the project with parole officer
A regular contact will be kept with the parole officer related to the offender to get all the information about the offender and to give him our update about the offender which will help us, the parole officer and most importantly the ex-offender.
We aim to enable offenders to prepare effectively for release and to reintegrate into society by helping them to tackle education, training, housing, independent living and substance misuse problems, and to tackle issues without reoffending and resorting to crime and antisocial behaviour. We aim to narrow the gap between the offender and the community by helping young people in custody to plan for their release and access education, training or work when they come out.
We aim to help offenders to prepare effectively for release and reintegration into society by providing advice on housing, employment and money management. find accommodation and take control of their finances before they are released, to help them manage the transition to a stable, crime free life. provide an accommodation information, advice and guidance service to offenders.
Mentoring begins while offenders are still in prison, usually three months before release. We aim to provide focused support and mentoring opportunities to Muslim prisoners around the vulnerable period of transition from prison back to society, and providing them with a trained mentor to support them through the difficult transition from custody back into their communities.
Continued Support & Development
To help towards reducing the re-offending rate and to address social and economical problems that may be linked to an individual’s offending; Service providers should develop the capacity and flexibility within their programmes to allow ex-offenders to return to the organisation or programme for additional and continued support, particularly around accommodation and substance abuse rehabilitation.
When the ex-offenders are released from prison, they are in a difficult situation; jobless and homeless. Often they are shunned by the community and left alone. This condition may result in their tendency to re-offend.
Resettlement aims at preventing the ex-offenders from re-offending by providing them support and helping them to reintegrate in the society.
20 % of those that have been mentored re-offended compared to 66% of previous offenders within two years after simply being released from prison. That is a huge difference.
Without secure, appropriate accommodation, ex-offenders are at a higher risk of re-offending and no permanent address makes it difficult for them to apply for jobs, open a bank account, or register with a GP. Therefore, more needs to be done on the part of statutory and voluntary and community services, to support ex-offenders with finding a place to stay. Local authority housing departments should also be integrally involved with advising and facilitating housing of ex-offenders even before they leave prison, to make their transition back into society as smooth as possible.
We aim to enable offenders to resettle into the community and to stop them from reoffending by providing them short term accommodation till the time they can support themselves and manage their tenancies.
Few educational projects work with ex-offenders to encourage them to take up education and enabling them to focus on their academic and skills development at a low cost or free of charge. Projects should be used as models upon which service providers can draw upon the relevant training and vocational qualifications which can support with employment that ex-offenders need. Successful projects and programmes should enable ex-offenders that are unable to receive an education and use the skills and knowledge obtained to secure employment in the future. We aim to work with young Muslim offenders to stabilise their lives and help them back into education. The service will be designed to provide support and advice to young people on issues which affect their lives and to help them progress. Step Change Skills for Work Programme
Basic Skills help people leaving custody to resettle successfully in the community. It equips them with a route back into training and employment through training programmes and accredited schemes. The scheme will be designed to give people confidence in basic numeracy and literacy and be able to access vocational courses to help their employment prospects.
Employment and work placement opportunities:
A job provides: structured time; an income; the opportunity for a new outlook and new relationships; a legitimate identity; ambitions and goals; and financial security. It also gives those who have turned their back on crime the chance to give something back to their community. Employment can also help reduce the risk of reoffending for some people, which means less crime for the rest of us.
A majority of the ex-offenders are finding it increasingly difficult to find employment. They believe this is due to having to complete the criminal record disclosure on most job applications, following which, despite being told that they will not be discriminated against because of prior convictions, they are refused a job. On the other hand, when Muslim ex-offenders are approached by agencies with information on potential jobs, they find that the work is not in line with their faith or cultural values and either have to turn the job down or forsake their values and belief system. There is a particular need to improve ex-offenders’ access to, and ability to sustain, high-quality employment characterised by progressively increasing skills, responsibility and rewards. Statutory, voluntary and community services, where appropriate, should encourage businesses and draw on existing partnerships to offer work experience and employment opportunities for ex-offenders.
We aim to look for job opportunities for these ex-offenders which can easily reduce the risk of them offending again.
We also aim to equip ex-offenders with the skills they need to become a mechanic and offers access to a wide range of skill programmes so that they can do their own work on self-employed basis.