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.
IN THE COMMUNITY
We connected with over 1,600 serving prisoners over the year.
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.
We had referrals from 7 prisons: HMP Bristol, Eastwood Park (Women), Portland, Ashfield, Guys Marsh, Erlestoke and Leyhill.
We worked with 7 agencies, departments and charities whilst seeking referrals.
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.
3 celebration meals were held to acknowledge the achievements of our mentees and mentors.
We ran 3 four-part mentor training courses that were attended by 32 volunteers, 28 of whom completed the training.
At the end of 2019 we had 72 trained volunteer mentors available.
Just 2 mentors stopped mentoring in 2019.
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.
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.
16 mentees are now supported through long-term befriending by their ex-mentor.
2 mentees were involved with setting up a new Hub for female ex-prisoners.
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.
We are in discussion with 2 further churches regarding running another Hub, one near to HMP Bristol.
19 churches have supported our work practically and 21 with funding.
We currently have 203 people who volunteer for Sixty-One.
1,500 prisoners received a bag of Christmas presents through our Christmas gift project. This was funded by 14 churches.
70 influential people from the city attended our Out of Sight out of Mind event
* 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.