Working with others is an important part of our approach. As well as working closely with the National Probation Service (NPS), we also collaborate with other partners in the criminal justice system such as the police, prisons and courts.
Nacro – our strategic partner
Nacro is our strategic partner and is one of the country’s leading social justice charities. It has more than 50 years’ experience working with individuals and communities to reduce crime and help offenders turn their lives around. Through its knowledge and expertise – particularly in tackling a person’s vulnerabilities such as poor mental health, education and family stability – Nacro helps us to shape the strategic direction of our services.
Our operational partners
We partner with four organisations that provide a range of community integration services for people leaving prison and those in the community. These partners have been carefully selected based on their experience, expertise and capacity to deliver our contract requirements. Our partners are:
Shelter – a housing and homelessness charity which helps millions of people every year struggling with poor housing or homelessness. Within the CRC, Shelter provides support to people in prison as part of our Through the Gate programme. Services include helping with accommodation, finance and debt. Shelter also works with service users in the community, providing the same support but combined with a mentoring service.
Pact – a national charity that supports people affected by prison. Pact works with our service users and their families to make sure the impact of offending within the wider family unit is minimised. It provides access to appropriate advice, care and support to meet their needs. Pact manages contact between prisoners and their families and continues to provide support during the resettlement process.
Lancashire Women’s Centres – offers a range of services and opportunities that help women get the best out of life for themselves and their families. Across the CRC, the centres help female service users get support that meets their individual needs. By adopting a gender-specific approach to service delivery we can achieve better results for those we work with.
Humankind – (formerly DISC) is a Cumbria-based independent charity which provides housing and accommodation support services to offenders. At the CRC, Humankind provides accommodation with specialist support and help with financial issues.
We also have our own in-house team that specialises in helping services users get into work, training or education.
Giving service users a voice
User Voice - set up in 2009 by ex-offender, Mark Johnson MBE, it aims to create dialogue between criminal justice providers and service users that is mutually beneficial. It works with people in prison and in the community. At the CRC, User Voice carries out consultations with service users and has established a council made up of ex-offenders who want to get involved in the running of our services. www.uservoice.org