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.
Managing Director, Business & Operations
Employment Engagement & Recruitment
Alternative therapies, well being advisor
IT and Publicity Manager
Job Title: Employment Engagement & Recruitment Manager
Biography: Keiran brings a wealth of personal first-hand experience to the Crossroads Trust. He is able to relate to how clients will be feeling on release from prison. He has a criminal record and spent time in prison having received a custodial sentence. Keiran has a reputation as a friendly approachable guy, who can relate with people from all walks of life regardless of their circumstances.
“I wanted to be a part of the crossroads trust to help people who are in the same boat as me; I made a series of mistakes in my life that got me to where I am today. I believe that people CAN change their future given the right support and guidance. I’m here to help our clients in any way i can for them to achieve success and move on from the negative and focus on the positive, Transforming Lives!
“There is so much negative public perception about criminal records and people who go to prison, it can be hard to shake that and move forward with their lives. However with the right guidance and support people can achieve so much. In my case i had so much support from my family and friends while in custody i moved forward and used opportunities to better myself. When in prison I retrained as a hairdresser (don’t let the bald head fool you!). Also I completed a degree with the Open University. The Crossroads Trust is here to give ALL our clients a dedicated Peer Mentor, someone who can really relate to their problems and issues and give support and guidance to overcome them”
People say going to prison is the hardest part of the sentence and it can be, but in my personal opinion the hardest part is getting out and staying out!
We are here to give everyone the opportunity to move forward and not look back.
Within the trust Keiran is the Employment Engagement and Recruitment Manager. His role is to liaise with local companies and agencies and procure employment opportunities and placements for the trusts clients. He will also help clients prepare themselves for employment and gain skills to enhance the employability as he has in experience in the sales and recruitment sector.
“Gaining employment on release or with a criminal record is becoming ever increasingly difficult in the current economic climate, however in my opinion is the most important factor in turning things around. I will strive to help all clients in any way possible to gain employment and move forward”
Keiran is also the trusts point of contact for veterans of the armed forces having served himself. Anyone having questions about issues with veterans or would like information on support agencies or charities that can help ex forces personnel, please contact him and he can point you in the right direction.
Job Title: Complimentary Therapist & Systems Auditor
Biography: For many years Steve was an expert in martial arts. He is a 4th Dan black belt It was from this background he developed a keen interest in Chinese Medicine and in particular acupuncture. He often visits China for training updates. Steve is a member of the Acupuncture Council. He has over 10 years experience of making a difference to clients with his treatments to help them move positively on with their lives. Steve is qualified in the following:
Painkilling by Subcutaneous Acupuncture, Micro System Acupuncture, Electrical Acupuncture, Foundation Tuinna, (inc A&P/TCM), Masters Tuinna, (Medical Massage/Manipulation), Indonesian therapy, (Deep Tissue Oil work), Patent Chinese Herbal Remedies.
“I qualified as an acupuncturist and tuinna in 2006. Since then I set up my own practice treating a wide variety of physical and emotional issues. Chinese medicine is not only about Acupuncture. But also Yi Zhe Chan (Acupressure), Tuinna, (Oriental Osteopathy), Herbology, Qi Gong, (breath work), that along with its diagnostic principles are all equally as important, and these combined are what makes treatment so effective.
Steve has an interest in managing clients with mental-emotional problems, depression, stress and anxiety which may be having a detrimental effect on their lives. He recognises that many clients within the criminal justice system will have major mental well being issues. Especially on immediate release from prison. Steve is keen to help those with such issues to help them to cope with life’s pressures. Preventing reliance on substance misuse to cope with circumstances many clients face following release.
“I was delighted to be approached to become a Director for the Crossroads Trust and be in the position to give up some of my time to help those in need. I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea but Chinese medicine is proven to be successful for many with chronic illness and those with stress and anxiety conditions. I think it is great the Trust will be providing a free service to clients who are seeking acupuncture treatment. This is something once provided by Drug and alcohol addiction agencies but rarely provided as a complimentary therapy due to funding cuts.”
Steve will be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating treatments to clients who request treatments. He will also be responsible for monitoring the Crossroads Trust finances.
Job Title: ICT and Website Manager
Biography: Martin brings a wealth of experience to the role of Director ICT and Websites. Martin has set up a number of small businesses over the past few years and is willing to share his experiences and give advice on anyone wishing to set up in business. Martin also has 7 years experience working or a union dealing with in employment law and employment relations.
Martin became involved with the Crossroads Trust after being commissioned to build and manage their website. After speaking with John he realised that he could offer support to those leaving the criminal justice system. Martin believes that everyone has inherent worth and that a criminal conviction should not be the defining label applied to someone with a previous criminal conviction.
As Director Martin is responsible for the Crossroads Trust ICT development and website. He will also act as a small business adviser to those wishing to set up in business.
Job Title: Operations Manager
Biography: John brings a wealth of expertise and personal experience to the role of Director at the Crossroads Trust. For 20 years he worked in clinical practice as a nurse before specialising in employment law and employment relations working for a major trade union. He also has experience of working as a Project Worker for a drug rehabilitation charity. He has a reputation for being a friendly approachable guy who wants to make a difference.
“I hate to see injustice and discrimination of any kind. Sometimes the world can appear so cruel and unfair. Especially when there is no one to talk to or help.”
John has first- hand experience of the criminal justice system having been to prison and served a custodial sentence.
“My life imploded in such a short time due to unforeseen domestic circumstances, addiction issues and deterioration in my mental well being. It was a long road to recovery and I faced many pot holes along the way, but I got there. Mainly because of self-determination but due to the excellent support and positive role models I had the fortune to meet along the way.”
John soon realised many who leave prison are not so lucky which is why he helped set up the Crossroads Trust.
“It is crucial to have adequate support when you leave prison. To have a caring peer mentor who really understands the challenges you face on release and acts as a positive role model can make all the difference. The aim of the Crossroads Trust is to sit down with the person and look at the issues together to assess what can be done to move forward positively. It is not easy but to have a helping hand when you are close to a trip can prevent a fall. We at the Crossroads Trust believe that everyone deserves a second chance. We are determined to help our clients move forward to be responsible law abiding citizens and have positive lifestyles.”
John believes a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. He keeps fit as a keen runner. “I took up running when I was at open prison. It helps to clear your head of any negative thoughts and focus on the challenges ahead. I really have become the running man and do at least two 10km runs a week when being injury free permits”. John often runs with his friends for charity at various running events.
As Director John is responsible for implementing, monitoring and evaluating governance systems at the Trust including policies, procedures and fund raising. He is also responsible for communications with external agencies promoting the work of the Crossroads Trust.
Job Title: Desistance Manager and Criminal Justice Advisor
Biography: Qualifications: BA(hons) Community Justice, Post graduate Certificate in Professional Development: Dynamics of Domestic Abuse, MA in Ethics: Policing and Criminal Justice, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (pending).
Experience: Beverley has considerable experience in working as a Police Family Protection Officer, working with families affected by domestic abuse and other intra familial violence, and for the past 12 years has been a Probation Officer of working one to one with predominantly high risk clients who have perpetrated abuse. She has been a staff trainer in domestic abuse awareness and working with perpetrators and has delivered presentations to a variety of agencies looking at domestic abuse, the work of the probation service and in the issue of Veterans within the criminal justice system.
Beverley is a Lecturer in Domestic Abuse, teaching both under graduate and post graduate level students, particularly with regard to working with perpetrators of abuse, encouraging desistance and prevention of harm. She has co-written the Perpetrator and Prevention MA Module at the University of Worcester and has completed research on behalf of the University to evaluate voluntary perpetrator programmes. Beverley has recently had work published in the British Journal of Community Justice in respect of domestic abuse, risk and governmental policy.
Desistance and Criminal Justice Advisor
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.
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.
Opportunity takes place from Monday 3rd March 2014 to Thursday 3rd March 2015
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
• A good listener
• A realist
• 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.
Insurance Cover: Yes
Policies relevant to Organisation Yes
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.
Application Form, Informal Discussion, Interview, References, Trial Period, DBS check.
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