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…

Offenders pave way for Jim

Offenders pave way for Jim image

Colina McInnes-Boylan has praised offenders for paving the way for her husband to enjoy his allotment after a Community Payback project provided them with a lifeline. People on unpaid work orders have removed overgrowth, laid flagging and repaired a gate and fence to help Jim gain access to the couple’s Clammer Clough Allotment, in Cemetery…

Nick’s excelling on probation

Nick’s excelling on probation image

Nick Sim was well on the way to escalating drug use, crime and prison – but thanks to probation he has embraced a new future and is happier than he has ever been. The 22-year-old, from Ridge Hill, Stalybridge, lives at home with his mum who has emphysema and his dad, who suffers from prolonged…

Pair praise Tameside women’s centre

Pair praise Tameside women’s centre image

Two women have praised probation after benefiting from their  sentence carried out at the Tameside Women’s Centre. Emma believes the support she’s received has helped her battle with booze, while Jemma feels she has a better control over her emotions. Emma, aged 28, was sentenced to 12 Community Order after being drunk in charge of…

Interserve’s work to reduce domestic violence

Interserve’s work to reduce domestic violence image

An intervention that addresses behaviours linked to domestic abuse is being rolled out across Interserve’s Community Rehabilitation Companies. Help was developed by Merseyside CRC’s Roy Cook, together with support from colleagues. It is part of the new strategy being implemented as part of Interserve’s Domestic Abuse Guidance. The programme began as a voluntary course, with…

David notches up six months clean

David notches up six months clean image

David has been clean from heroin and crack cocaine since October, following decades of addiction that resulted in him being banned from every shop in Ashton. The 37-year-old stole several times a day to feed a monstrous habit, but thanks to support from Sam Bradshaw, a probation case manager for the Cheshire & Greater Manchester…

Alisha’s progress on probation

Alisha’s progress on probation image

Alisha Lowe’s low ebb occurred when she was jailed for 28 weeks after admitting stealing from clients, but the experience has opened a new chapter in her life. Since the government changed the law three-years-ago anyone sentenced to less than 12 months in custody is subject to a year’s supervision by probation – called Post…