Personal approach to reducing re-offending

Personal approach to reducing re-offending image

by Caroline Marsh, independent consultant working with Interserve justice We can support people to make changes to their lives, but my firm belief is that it is only when an individual wants to change, that really crucial progress can be made. Interserve, which runs five successful Community Rehabilitation Companies, has recognised this principle and has…

Probation helps Chatunga quit alcohol and stop re-offending

Probation helps Chatunga quit alcohol and stop re-offending image

Chatunga was arrested and held in a police cell for two days after being caught drink driving for the third time. The mature student, who also works in a laboratory, was sentenced to a six month Alcohol Treatment Order and a 12 month Community Order at Bolton Magistrates’ court. He successfully completes his sentence at…

Together Women’s Project a life-line

Together Women’s Project a life-line image

Women have praised a centre they say has given them a life-line. The Together Women’s Project is for people sentenced to probation or on licence from prison. Crucially, it can also be attended by people at risk of offending or who are vulnerable. Across Cheshire & Greater Manchester 81 per cent of female service users…

Raising cash for the homeless

Raising cash for the homeless image

Trace Fitzsimmonspell is sleeping rough for a night to help raise awareness and cash for a charity dedicated to supporting homeless people in Merseyside. She will be bedding down in a cardboard box under a plastic sheet outside Liverpool’s St James’ Cathedral. Trace, Wakefield’s service delivery manager at the Professional Services Centre (PSC), is taking…

Rachel bags Butler Trust award

Rachel bags Butler Trust award image

Resettlement team manager Rachel O’Connor has received a Royal seal of approval after winning a prestigious accolade for her work supporting prisoners preparing for release. Shelter delivers the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company’s Through the Gate (TTG) service. Rachel and CGM CRC’s Donna Yates have together designed and implemented unique initiatives at HMP…

Chloe praises probation

Chloe praises probation image

Chloe Burden is one of scores of women supported by the Oldham women’s centre who believe probation is supporting them to make positive change. The 28-year-old received a one year Suspended Sentence for assault. She was previously convicted in 2012 for assaulting a police officer. Chloe is supervised by the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community…

BBC Radio Manchester features our women’s services

BBC Radio Manchester features our women’s services image

Interchange Manager Amy Newton and service user Lyndsay spoke on BBC Radio Manchester on International Women’s Day to talk about the excellent work probation carries out to support women and aid their rehabilitation. The Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company currently supervises 1,638 women service users. The majority of them in Greater Manchester benefit…

Restorative Justice helps Scott and Bill

Restorative Justice helps Scott and Bill image

After stealing a car and getting caught, Scott met the victim of the offence and promised to run 5km for charity by way of apology. The 31-year-old, from Salford, has a record of vehicle theft and was sentenced to 40 months in prison for his most recent spate of offences, which occurred in 2015. Scott’s…

Service users earn ceriticates

Service users earn ceriticates image

Two service users have been awarded certificates in recognition of the work they have done to complete an Open College Network course. Ed Byrne and Geoff Morgan are both supervised by the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CGM CRC) and took part in the course, which is aimed at giving participants the skills…

Probation helps Lyndsay see a future

Probation helps Lyndsay see a future image

LYNDSAY believes the support she’s received from probation has helped her see a brighter future following committing benefit fraud after falling into serious debt. The mum-of-three, from Leigh, worked as a barmaid until the birth of her third child. Like many, she took advantage of free and easy credit, but as her circumstances changed, her…