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, ...

Vacancy for p/t Prison Accommodation Advisor

15th March 2016

We have a part-time vacancy for a Prison Accommodation Advisor working at HMP Exeter from May 2106 for 6 months. The HMP Exeter Prison Accommodation Advice Service assists up to 1200 offenders in housing need per annum, helping to secure sustainable accommodation on release in the South West area. The service supports the government’s Reducing Reoffending Strategy to ensure that offenders have fast access to advice, accommodation and support prior to release from HMP Exeter. The successful candidate will provide a high quality client-centred contact, assessment and support service, for the effective engagement and resettlement of ex-offenders. This will involve liaison with partners in the Offender Resettlement Service, Exeter and Channings Wood resettlement prisons, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company, Local Authorities and Engage Hubs. Candidates will need a patient and calm professional manner and a fair, non-discriminatory, non-judgemental approac...