Sefton CVS’s Merseyside Offender Mentoring project provides mentoring and befriending support to offenders before and after release from HMP Liverpool with the aim of helping them to resettle positively back into the community.
The project supports offenders with identified issues and guides them in a positive way with an overall aim to instigate positive change and reduce the likelihood of re-offending.
A comprehensive service is provided to help offenders overcome any barriers they face, with the objective of reducing reoffending rates significantly, and thus the consequent impact on the wider community.
The community outreach service also deploys a team of trained volunteers to support the staff team and ex offenders resettling in the community.
The Merseyside Offender Mentoring Service was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2016.
The project works in close partnership with HMP Liverpool, Merseyside Police, Community Safety Partnerships, Achieve North West and LA's.