To facilitate people who have been to prison to become better equipped to manage their lives positively.
With the right on-going supports and motivations we believe people have the power, will and commitment to change their lives. We are working towards a society where people’s capacity to change is recognised and they are supported and encouraged to turn their lives around.
- We are non-judgemental and open minded
- We believe in empowering the people who access our service to lead positive lives
- We believe people are capable of making positive changes
- We believe in honest and open communication
- We believe in meeting people where they are at, and we are flexible to adapt to circumstances as they arise
- We work empathically with people
- We never give up on the people
- We act with integrity and respect, and build relationships based on doing the right thing.
Our practice framework is grounded in the academic research on desistance and guidelines on using a person-centred strengths based approach. The following guidelines are adapted from the IRISS Insights document published in April 2012 – Discovering Desistance – How and why people stop offending.
Research on desistance has helped to identify principles for practitioners*
- Being realistic about the complexity and difficulty of the process
- Individualising support for change
- Build and sustain hope
- Recognise and develop the person’s strengths and resources
strengths based approach will support you to set goals, realise your strengths,
develop your already existing skills that will help you achieve your goals, and
recognise the resources you have in your community. You are the best person to
make decisions and choices about your life - our role is to support you to do this and not to make decisions and choices for you.
- Respect and foster self-determination
- Work with and through relationships
- Developing human and social capital
- Recognising and celebrating progress
* Adapted from McNeill, F., Farrall, S., Lightowler, C. and Maruna, S. (2012). Insights. How and Why People Stop Offending: Discovering Desistance. The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services. Available at: http://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/how-and-why-people-stop-offending-discovering-desistance