ABOUT US

THE CROSSROADS TRUST

The Crossroads Trust is a new outreach service supporting ex-offenders being released to the local community. The Crossroads Trust has a focus on helping low risk offenders. The service provides information, advice, signposting and practical support to clients with criminal records many of whom have received custodial or community based sentences. We offer a mentoring service helping clients to access local services and promote social inclusion to help them make a positive contribution to society. Many of our clients will have complex problems including mental health and substance misuse issues. Literacy and numeracy is also an issue for many and support is needed with completing benefit applications, job searches, and preparing for job interviews.

 

From their research and focus groups clients have told the Trust that many ex-offenders are in urgent need of a helping hand especially following release from prison. Potential clients need to know what help and support is available to them to help them become independent and make a positive contribution to society.

THE DIRECTORS

JOHN

Managing Director, Business & Operations

KEIRAN

Employment Engagement & Recruitment

STEVE

Alternative therapies, well being advisor

MARTIN

IT and Publicity Manager

 

BEVERLEY

Desistance and Criminal Justice Advisor

THE MENTORS

The Crossroads Trust has a diverse range of mentors, some with prison experince (Peer Mentors) and others without (Volunteer Mentors).    The mentors aim is to help those coming out of prison to successfully reintegrate back into society.  There is a wide range of support available from within the Crossroads Trust and the mentors can either assist directly or 'signpost' the clients to the correct source of assistance.

 

As volunteers and peer mentors we have a shared  vision that we are all equals; we all have something special to offer our Community.  We have come together to support those most disadvantaged and often vulnerable in our Community – North Warwickshire.

This organisation in North Warwickshire is looking for volunteers to support a new outreach service supporting ex-offenders being released to the local community. The Crossroads Trust will have a focus on helping low risk offenders. The service provides information, advice, signposting and practical support to clients with criminal records many of whom have received custodial or community based sentences. The mentoring service helps clients to access local services and promotes social inclusion to help them make a positive contribution to society. Many of its clients will have complex problems including mental health and substance misuse issues. Literacy and numeracy is also an issue for many and support is needed with completing benefit applications, job searches, and preparing for job interviews.

 

From their research and focus groups clients have told the Trust they are in urgent need of a helping hand especially following release from prison. Potential clients need to know what help and support is available to them to help them become independent.

 

Your role will be to assess in partnership with the client his or hers individual needs. Then to devise, implement, monitor and evaluate an action plan to ensure the client’s needs are met. Support to clients will be provided in a number of community locations within Atherstone, Nuneaton, Bedworth and surrounding areas.

 

Volunteers will be assessed of their suitability to become a mentor and then be personality matched with a client.

Organisation Description:

 

The Crossroads Trust is a social enterprise facilitating a peer mentoring service for ex-offenders. The service is based in several locations. Including Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action office based in Atherstone and the BRANCAB offices based at Nuneaton and Bedworth. The trust provides one to one information, advice, support and signposting.

 

When Required:

Opportunity takes place from Monday 3rd March 2014 to Thursday 3rd March 2015

Time Flexible

 

Commitment: Part Time

Areas of Interest:

Health, Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Mentoring, Training, Advocacy, Numeracy & Literacy

Types of Activity

 

Advice, Information and Support, Mentoring.

 

Skills and Qualifications

Person Specification

• Positive

• Reliable

• A good listener

• Approachable

• Non-judgmental

• A realist

• Adaptable

• Respect confidentiality

• Excellent communication skills

 

Access to transport and good knowledge of the local area would be useful. The Crossroads Trust will provide any training and support and will reimburse all out of pocket expenses. We actively encourage people with experience of the criminal justice system to apply.

The Crossroads Trust will provide you with an introduction to the criminal justice system and some of the background and reasons why people offend. The training will also familiarise yourself with some of the skills you will need to work effectively with ex-offenders.

 

Additional/Specific Suitabilities:

Age     18+

Induction     Yes

Insurance Cover:   Yes

Policies relevant to Organisation Yes

Expenses    Yes

 

Directions

This may depend on where you live. Volunteers can work from offices based in Atherstone, Nuneaton or Bedworth. They can also work within community settings such as the BOB hubs or Community cafes dependant on the needs of the clients.

Recruitment Method.

 

Application Form, Informal Discussion, Interview, References, Trial Period, DBS check.

 

Click the icon to the right to download a Volunteer Application Form

 

Some of the skills the Crossroads Trust mentors have
Click here to download the volunteer application form.

AMOUNGST US ARE

SUPPORTING EX-OFFENDERS TO LIVE CRIME FREE LIVES

CONTACT US

Accredited peer mentoring and support for ex-offenders to break the cycle of re-offending and promote safer communities.

The Crossroads Trust

Supporters

Contents

Community House

Coleshill Rd

Atherstone

Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council Site Link
Warwickshire CAVA Link
DYSLEXIA FRIENDLY TYPEFACE
Supported by Unltd Heart of England Community Foundation Link