West Yorkshire CRC commissions Catch22 to run the Through The Gate service across West Yorkshire.
Through The Gate makes sure that each prisoner has a resettlement plan starting before their release to prepare them for leaving jail. Our aim is to make sure that they do not reoffend. The service we commission aims to assess the needs of people in prison so that following release they can successfully rehabilitate in their community.
Almost half of all adults leaving prison are reconvicted within a year and Catch22’s offender management and rehabilitation service focuses on building strong relationships with service users, providing long-term support to promote positive outcomes and reduce reoffending.
A charity, Catch22 works closely with West Yorkshire CRC, the National Probation Service, police and other criminal justice and resettlement agencies.
Working with Catch22 at HMP Leeds, West Yorkshire CRC’s Through the Gate service aims to work with prisoners to carry out an analysis of an individual’s circumstances with regards to their needs within the seven custodial pathways identified to reduce reoffending, including accommodation; finance, benefits and debt; employment, training and educational advice; health; drugs and alcohol; children and families and attitudes, thinking and behaviours.
Information from all pathways and interventions is contained within the resettlement plan which follows the individual through the gate for continued support post release.
One offender to benefit from the support of Catch22 was Amanat who went into custody to serve a six-month sentence at HMP Leeds. He requested support from his resettlement worker after he was served possession papers for his home where his partner was residing and where he intended to return on release.
Catch22’s Liz Sunley said: “Amanat needed to be able to return to his home to a safe settled environment to complete his licence period and move forward with his life. We contacted the Housing Office to request the court hearing was adjourned until after Amanat’s release date which was only three weeks from the set date. Housing Benefit were also contacted to ensure rent payments were up to date and no arrears were accruing that could jeopardise his tenancy.”
Amanat is now back home. He says: “Catch22 has done a wonderful job. They spoke to the council and changed the hearing to a date and arranged an expenditure plan for a repayment plan for the rent arrears, thank you so much for all your help.”