Impact Statement 2021

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 nearly 1,600 serving prisoners over the year.
The MBA Empowerment course was delivered in 30 prisons through Prison TV.
We had referrals from 9 prisons: HMPs Bristol, Eastwood Park (women), Portland, Leyhill, Bullingdon, Dartmoor, Exeter, Bure, Ashfield and Send (women).
We worked with 13 agencies and charities charities whilst seeking referrals.
Our MentorMe team met with 103 serving prisoners holding 186 face-to-face meetings to identify suitable mentees to prepare them for their release.
Our volunteer mentors supported 88 different mentees, meeting them a combined total of 715 times. 
Our volunteer mentors delivered a 24% increase in mentoring support.
We ran 2 four-part mentor training courses that were attended by 26 peoplee training.
At the end of 2021 we had 68 trained volunteer mentors available.
Just 12 mentors stopped mentoring in 2020 (most because they moved out of the area).
Only five (5.7%) of the 88 mentees we worked with last year were recalled/reoffended, a 90% reduction compared to the national average - saving the taxpayer £2.8 million. 
58% of our mentoring relationships lasted more than a year, 33% between 3 and 12 months and 9% are less than three months. This is a very high engagement level for ex-prisoners.
20 mentees are now supported through long-term befriending by their ex-mentor.
2 mentees were involved with running a new Hub for female ex-prisoners.
4 Hubs provided over 151 mid-week meetings for 51 ex-prisoners, a 112% increase over the previous year.
Our Hubs are run by 4 local churches: Hope Community Church, God’s House International Centre and Fishponds Baptist.
14 churches have supported our work practically and 16 with funding.
We currently have 182 people who volunteer for Sixty-One.
Nearly 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.