£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...

New specialist Welfare Rights service

29th April 2016

Thanks to a £5k funding grant from the Norman Family Charitable Trust, we have been able to set up a new specialist Welfare Rights service to help the significant majority of its clients who experience complications, sanctions and delays with their Benefit payments. Mel Hartley, project manager, explains, “Recent welfare right reforms have detrimentally affected the rough sleeper client group, many of who have significant support needs and are frequently unable to meet the stringent demands to maintain and fully establish their claims for Benefits without assistance. “As this support work can be very protracted, time consuming and detailed it is difficult for day staff to process due to competing priorities. This new Welfare Rights service provides a dedicated on-site worker who will focus on fully establishing a client’s claims for Jobseekers Allowance, ESA or Personal Independence Payments as appropriate, as well as providing advocacy and representation for assessments, ...