Lisa praises probation for saving her life

Lisa praises probation for saving her life image

Lisa Yates turned to drink and drugs a decade ago after she left her husband and embraced her new found freedom. At her lowest ebb, the 48-year-old ended up drinking on the street and getting into fights. She also self-harmed and attempted to kill herself. Lisa successfully completed a Community Order more than a year…

Women’s Community Payback team have recipe for success

Women’s Community Payback team have recipe for success image

Women carrying out unpaid work in Rochdale have been cooking up a storm for attendees at the Petrus centre. The Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CGM CRC) supervises people sentenced by the courts to carry out unpaid work orders. As part of that provision, CGM CRC runs a women only group in Rochdale…

Women’s service to launch in Runcorn

Women’s service to launch in Runcorn image

CGM CRC is preparing to launch a centre in Runcorn to help support women on probation to rehabilitate. Greater Manchester is served by excellent women’s centres that are run by the CRC in conjunction with a wide range of partnership agencies. The provision for female offenders is nationally recognised as an area of best practice.…

Offenders complete more than 144,000 hours in Community Payback

Offenders complete more than 144,000 hours in Community Payback image

Offenders sentenced to unpaid work in Cheshire and Greater Manchester have clocked up 144,000 hours Community Payback across the region, completing a range of projects to improve communities. Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CGM CRC) is responsible for supervising people on Community Payback and ensuring they comply with their sentence. In the past…

Our response to the Government’s announcement about CRC contracts

Our response to the Government’s announcement about CRC contracts image

Along with the other Community Rehabilitation Company providers, Interserve has been involved in discussions with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for sometime in order to improve how the national CRC contracts work for both parties. Ian Mulholland (pictured above), Interserve’s Managing Director (public sector) leads Interserve’s justice business, which includes five CRCs. He said: “The…

Billy beats addiction – with help from probation and P3

Billy beats addiction – with help from probation and P3 image

CAPTION: CGM CRC’s Gary Whittingham with P3’s Marissa Farrell Billy has been clean from heroin and crack cocaine for more than 12 months, and believes that his transformation would’ve been impossible without probation and partner agency P3. The 53-year-old, from Salford, first became involved in crime as a youngster, when he got involved in gangs and…

Lucy encourages others to volunteer

Lucy encourages others to volunteer image

Volunteer probation worker Lucy Duffy has relished the opportunity to work with people on probation as she looks to deepen her understanding of the criminal justice system. The 30-year-old, from Tameside, is about to start her second year of her criminology degree at Salford University. Lucy first became interested about probation during her studies, and…

Probation wins award for domestic abuse pilot

Probation wins award for domestic abuse pilot image

Two members of staff have been awarded for their pioneering work as part of a multi -agency team that is aiming to help couples in Oldham have healthier relationships. The pilot works with men who have come to the attention of police because of frequent callouts to disturbances, but who have not been convicted of…

Probation helps Shane embrace new future

Probation helps Shane embrace new future image

Shane Langstreth has quit cannabis and enrolled on a string of courses after getting arrested for selling the drug – thanks to support from probation. The 35-year-old started peddling weed as a desperate attempt to clear a mountain of debt. Police raided his house in 2016 and found him with four ounces of the drug,…

David’s first class turnaround

David’s first class turnaround image

David* has excelled on probation and has made changes which he believes will stop him from re-offending for good. The 23-year-old has just received a first class honours degree and has been accepted onto a PhD course to study biomedical sciences. David has had numerous run-ins with the law. His problems started when he was…