St Giles Trust Eastern

Since 2006, St Giles Trust has worked in the East of England. We help people who face disadvantages such a history of offending, a background of homelessness and long-term unemployment to transform their lives and become productive members of society.

Working Out Project

Having a job dramatically reduces the likelihood of re-offending. Thanks to The Big Lottery Fund, we established the Working Out Project in Ipswich. It helps people who have a criminal conviction prepare for work. Our service includes workshops, one to one peer support from specially trained ex-offender support workers, CV writing, disclosure advice, CSCS preparation, searching for work, volunteering opportunities and further training. We provide a Level 3 Advice and Guidance City & Guilds qualification which offers people with a history of offending the chance to become qualified advice and guidance workers. The service is open to anyone with a criminal conviction who lives in Ipswich or the surrounding area. We take referrals from prisons, local agencies or alternatively people can simply get in touch with us directly.

Mentoring for disadvantaged young people

We have trained a number of people from the local community to act as mentors to young people aged 13-17 who frequent the Jubilee Park area of Ipswich. This is an area which has been heavily affected by anti-social behavior and crime. Our role is to help tackle this in partnership with the multi-agency Operation Jubilee. Thanks to support from the Safer Suffolk Foundation, we are working with young people, encouraging them to take an interest in their education and reduce re-offending. Anyone can make a referral to this scheme if they are concerned about a young person at risk in the Ipswich area.

Integrated Offender Management (IOM) 180 Team

We work in partnership with other agencies such as probation, police, local authorities and drugs and homelessness agencies to help vulnerable and chaotic former offenders to stabilise their lives by addressing underlying needs. These are wide ranging and include homelessness, drug and alcohol problems, mental and physical health needs. Referral is from partnership agencies only.