Prison leavers who are sentenced to less than one year have a disproportionate reoffending rate of 63%, compared to an overall reoffending rate 28% (MoJ, 2020). Research shows that engagement with rehabilitation in custody reduces the likelihood of reoffending. Prisoners on short sentences are precluded from some longer rehabilitation programmes and have limited effective resettlement planning.

E-nuff is a programme specifically designed for people serving a 12-month sentence or less and aims to reduce reoffending through culturally informed holistic rehabilitation interventions including resettlement planning and employment support focusing on Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic prison leavers.

In partnership with BeOnsite, Change Grow Live, A Fairer Chance, and RISE the initiative offers comprehensive access to the services required for a better experience on release and successful resettlement and includes; training, pre-employment support, family intervention, housing support, substance misuse and other factors that will contribute to rehabilitation.

With our extensive specialist knowledge and experience of working with people in prison, through the gate and into the community and work, Bounce Back are taking the lead on the project which will be delivered in HMP Pentonville, HMP Brixton, HMP Thameside and HMP/YOI Isis.

Intervention starts within the first 48 hours of the participant entering prison. Our In Custody Coordinators meet with the prospects to understand their needs and support requirements to co-design a Personal Support Plan (PSP). This includes resettlement interventions such as: peer mentoring, substance misuse services, emotional resilience and wellbeing, as well as family integration interventions and employment interventions to include training, pre-employment support and talent-matching.

Support is continued post release with our In Community Coordinators who will signpost prison leavers to suitable provisions with consideration to the leaver’s local area and its quality, suitability, and accessibility for the provisions. Participants are also provided with soft skills and transferrable skills training such as adaptability, resilience, time management, and teamwork. These are delivered through workshops and one-to-one meetings with mentors and In Community coordinators. Training is also offered, using local market data to establish what skills are needed in a participant’s local area. Training provisions will then be sourced or we will provide our own to meet the skill demand. Pre-employment support is factored in to ensure participants are job-ready; employability courses and introductory courses to trades such as painting and decorating will not only allow participants to gain qualifications but build confidence as well. Lastly employment support allows us to work closely with employers to source jobs in local areas. In Community coordinators and job brokers will support prison leavers in finding sustainable employment. Support will continue up to a year into employment.

For further information please contact Melanie Impey – melanieimpey@bouncebackproject.com  

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