£100k from Garfield Weston to help provide emergency accommodation

8th August 2016

A vital first step towards St Petrock's providing faster access to emergency accommodation was made with the recent grant of £100,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation. Mel Hartley, project manager at St Petrock’s, explains “We’re extremely grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation for this donation which will help us purchase a property, allowing us to support clients quickly off the streets and into temporary accommodation. “We know that early intervention is crucial in helping prevent those people new to homelessness from becoming entrenched in rough sleeping lifestyles. In 2011, we set up our Private Rent & Support Service to help individuals with low to medium support needs secure tenancies in the private rented sector and provide support to help sustain them. However, this can take a number of weeks to arrange and while we work closely with local authorities to support people into their emergency provision there are still a significant number who are not abl...

£13k grant for PORCH service

9th June 2016

One of Exeter’s largest private employers, Alcoa Howmet, has helped St Petrock’s  receive a grant of US$19,000 (£13,000) from its US-based Alcoa Foundation for the charity’s work in reducing re-offending. “We’ve enjoyed a good relationship locally with St Petrock’s for several years,” explains Nicola Acton, Plant Manager’s Assistant at Alcoa Howmet, “and have helped collect Harvest Festival on the charity’s behalf as well as provided small grants from our local scheme. When they opportunity arose, this year, to put forward a local charity for the Alcoa Foundation grant – St Petrock’s was our first thought. “We were impressed, not only by the unique services that St Petrock’s offers people who are homeless in the city but also for it’s, less well known, PORCH service which helps reduce re-offending by finding housing and supporting ex-offenders in their accommodation.” St Petrock’s PORCH project works in partnership with Police, Probation and...

PORCH assists 37.5% reduction in re-offending rates

6th May 2016

Last year, the partnership of our PORCH team, Police and Probation Services contributed towards a 37.5% reduction re-offending rates in Exeter, East & Mid Devon resulting in safer communities and improved life. During '15/'16, PORCH worked with 93 new referrals and accommodated 63 people. 24% of clients were engaged in training, volunteering or work ready schemes and 90% were actively engaged in health or substance misuse services. PORCH's main objective is to reduce re-offending by offenders, identified as being prolific and persistent offenders and causing the most crime - PORCH is targeted to provide an effective resettlement service for at least 80 offenders a year and consistency out performs this target. Providing a range of stepped housing options and floating support from custody to community, PORCH contacts its referred client within 2 weeks of the referral in order to start building a relationship which will enable, in most instances, for clients to be moved seamles...