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AoS joins major reform of probation services

AoS is working with Catch-22 and offering its network the chance to get involved in a new initiative to deliver personal wellbeing support to prison leavers. 

Catch22 are a charity and social business which has been awarded nine regional contracts to support prison leavers on licence, those requiring post-sentence supervision and those serving community or suspended sentences. 

Catch22 are leading the wellbeing element of a major new model to strengthen resettlement and rehabilitation in the probation service, ensuring the public are safe, supporting victims of crime and tackling the complex issues of reoffending. 

Part of this transformation involves a new regional leadership structure to enable greater partnership working and services that fit more closely with individuals’ diverse needs. 

Under new ‘Commissioned Rehabilitative Services’ (CRS) arrangements, Catch22 are delivering the personal wellbeing services strand of the model, using a network of suppliers to support the resettlement and rehabilitation of prison leavers. Organisations within specific Police Crime Commission (PCC) regions will have access to referrals from the probation service into their projects. 

As part of this process, there is an opportunity for organisations that provide sport and physical activity-based community programmes, and/or other social and wellbeing programmes, to get involved. This is where the Alliance of Sport’s Community of Practice comes in. 

Pilot areas for the initiative will be: London, Avon and Somerset (including Bristol), Dorset, Hampshire, Thames Valley (Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and East Berkshire) and West Mercia (Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford). 

To get involved, you need to: 

  • Express your interest in being part of the personal wellbeing resource library which will be provided to regional probation staff for referrals
  • Participate in an introductory regional/national workshop to focus on the expected outcomes of the Commissioned Rehabilitative Services for Personal Wellbeing 
  • Provide a list of opportunities to assist in ‘supporting and empowering’ service users in their roles as parents, and identify services that can provide support and opportunities for their children and help build positive family relationships 
  • Join annual network events to enhance collaboration and partnerships and ‘what works’ seminars to enhance best practice 
  • Feed back to the Alliance of Sport any ideas, challenges and issues that would help improve the delivery of sport and physical activity to this cohort of service users 

To find out more, or to get involved please contact us and use Catch-22 in the subject header