Impact Statement 2019

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.



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We connected with over 1,600 serving prisoners over the year.
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We enabled local volunteers to run 2 courses within prison – a constructive masculinity and a MBA Empowerment course which were attended by nearly 60 prisoners.
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We had referrals from 7 prisons: HMP Bristol, Eastwood Park (Women), Portland, Ashfield, Guys Marsh, Erlestoke and Leyhill.
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We worked with 7 agencies, departments and charities whilst seeking referrals.
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Our MentorMe team met with 119 serving prisoners holding 355 face-to-face meetings to locate suitable mentees to prepare them for their release.
Our volunteer mentors supported 67 different mentees, meeting them a combined total of 582 times.
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3 celebration meals were held to acknowledge the achievements of our mentees and mentors.
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We ran 3 four-part mentor training courses that were attended by 32 volunteers, 28 of whom completed the training.
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At the end of 2019 we had 72 trained volunteer mentors available.
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Just 2 mentors stopped mentoring in 2019.
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Only 11.9% of the mentees we worked with last year were recalled/reoffended, a 75% reduction compared to the national average. This resulted is a saving to the tax payer of £1.56 million.
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46% of our mentoring relationships lasted more than a year, 27% between 3 and 12 months and 27% are less than three months. This is a high engagement level for ex-prisoners.
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16 mentees are now supported through long-term befriending by their ex-mentor.
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2 mentees were involved with setting up a new Hub for female ex-prisoners.
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3 Hubs provided nearly 120 mid-week meetings for ex-prisoners. These are run by 3 local churches: Hope Community Church, God’s House International Centre and Fishponds Baptist.
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We are in discussion with 2 further churches regarding running another Hub, one near to HMP Bristol.
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19 churches have supported our work practically and 21 with funding.
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We currently have 203 people who volunteer for Sixty-One.
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1,500 prisoners received a bag of Christmas presents through our Christmas gift project. This was funded by 14 churches.
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70 influential people from the city attended our Out of Sight out of Mind event
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* 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.

Sixty-One, c/o St Agnes, Thomas Street, Bristol BS2 9LL

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