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. We also work directly in prisons across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to offer resettlement support to serving prisoners and prison leavers.

Prison resettlement

For the Norfolk and Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company under Sodexo, St Giles Trust is working in partnership to deliver resettlement services in HMP Norwich, HMP Wayland, HMP Hollesley Bay and the women released to Norfolk and Suffolk from HMP Peterborough. This includes working with prisoners on remand.

We ensure that all prisoners in the above prisons have Resettlement Plans in place based on completion of Basic Custody Screening (Part 2) and Resettlement Plan Pre-Release.

The service on offer includes:

• Identifying needs early on and following up on any plans that are put in place
• Helping prisoners access services addressing needs such as employment, education, training, housing, finance, benefits and debts and accommodation.
• Raising awareness of the service amongst prisoners and other organisations in the prison
• Work with other providers to forge efficient and effective referral routes in the prison
• Providing group work activity across to address resettlement needs.

A key feature of this service is the use of professionally trained Peer Advisors both in custody and in the community.

The aim of the service is to help prisoners to successfully resettle, train Peer Advisors to enable others to benefit from this highly credible form of support and increase the skills of those we train. This will make a contribution towards reducing re-offending in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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 (link to peer Advisor Programme) 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.