Through data collection and monitoring we gather a clear picture of the effectiveness of our work.
Our report on Social Return on Investment along with additional research maintained on a daily basis for our contracts enables us to monitor all our activity. With the help of Business in the Community’s arc programme and BP we are now also creating a new database to capture our data more effectively for all aspects of the charity and the Social Enterprise.
Peer support is key and we train serving prisoners and ex-offenders to fulfil essential roles in the organisation both in the Social Enterprise as well as the core team including our prison trainers.
Above all we are proud of the fact that our participants have formed their own ‘communities’ and demonstrate their determination to stay out of prison by supporting each other. This helps us to keep in touch with them and although most of them now have their own businesses they often return to us to gain more qualifications, obtain references or simply get help with their tax returns. This model has extended to the participants we have working with us from Crisis, Thames Reach and St Mungoes. On one occasion the team rallied when one of them suffered a bereavement and spent days monitoring him, helping him to move hostels and calling him constantly to ensure he was settled.
In addition the benefits of the programme reflect in the families of our participants and it is this impact that has been a core element of the research we have done as many of them gain confidence and self-esteem enabling them to return to their wives and children for the first time in many years.