Impact Statement 2020

Our objective is to help ex-prisoners by inspiring, enabling and supporting the local community to provide the relational and practical support they need to lead meaningful crime-free lives.



We connected with over 1,600 serving prisoners over the year.
The MBA Empowerment course was delivered in 31 prisons.
We had referrals from 9 prisons: HMPs Bristol, Portland, Leyhill, Bullingdon, Dartmoor, Exeter, Bure, Ashfield and Send (women).
We worked with 7 agencies, departments and charities whilst seeking referrals.
Our MentorMe team met with 59 serving prisoners holding 121 face-to-face meetings to locate suitable mentees to prepare them for their release.
Our volunteer mentors supported 71 different mentees, meeting them a combined total of 1,032 times. 
Our volunteer mentors delivered an 85% increase in mentoring support.
We ran 2 four-part mentor training courses (as well as an introduction to mentoring evening), that were attended by 22 volunteers all of whom completed the training.
At the end of 2020 we had 68 trained volunteer mentors available.
Just 4 mentors stopped mentoring in 2020 (most because they moved out of the area).
Only three (4.2%) of the 71 mentees we worked with last year were recalled/reoffended, a 92% reduction compared to the national average - saving the taxpayer £2.34 million. 
60% of our mentoring relationships lasted more than a year, 29% between 3 and 12 months and 11% are less than three months. This is a high engagement level for ex-prisoners.
16 mentees are now supported through long-term befriending by their ex-mentor.
1 mentee was involved with running a new Hub for female ex-prisoners.
3 Hubs provided over 100 mid-week meetings for 24 ex-prisoners. These are run by 3 local churches: Hope Community Church, God’s House International Centre and Fishponds Baptist.
We are in discussion with 1 further church that plans to open a new Hub in 2021
16 churches have supported our work practically and 19 with funding.
We currently have 162 people who volunteer for Sixty-One.
1,500 prisoners received a bag of Christmas presents through our Christmas gift project. This was funded by 13 churches.
We are developing a partnership to better engage with BAME communities.

* This is based on a national first year reoffending rate of 55%, which reflects the cross section of mentees we work with; which includes repeat offenders, offenders on short sentences and offenders with addiction issues. It is based on a first year reconviction cost of £65,000, which includes prison, police, probation, court and benefit costs. The commonly quoted £35,000 cost of imprisoning a person just covers the prison costs.