Through the Gate: James back on track thanks to P3

Through the Gate: James back on track thanks to P3 image

P3, is a charity and social enterprise, who care about people. It runs a variety of services across the UK, that aim to give everyone the chance to be part of the community they live in and feel connected to society.

With West Yorkshire CRC, P3 work with clients with multiple and complex needs clients to reduce re-offending rates.

P3 supports West Yorkshire CRC’s Through The Gate service, which makes sure that each prisoner has a resettlement plan starting before their release to prepare them for leaving jail. They aim is to make sure that those leaving custody do not reoffend.

Almost half of all adults leaving prison are reconvicted within a year and P3’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.

Working with P3 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.

One offender to benefit from the support of P3 was James. P3’s Nicola Watt says: “At the time of James’ case manager referring him to P3 he had recently been released from custody and not engaged with offers of support from community agencies, he had previously been referred to P3 and also not engaged at that time.

“He was residing at his partner’s property which was unsuitable due to domestic violence in the relationship and was not in receipt of any benefits or means of financial income. James was using spice and cannabis and was on medication for depression. James was referred near to the end of his licence and we only had a short period of time to work with him.”

James had complex needs and needed help to obtain his own accommodation; set up his benefits claim; support for his physical and mental health; investigate possible education, training and employment (ETE) and to address family issues.

A referral was made to Saviour Trust for supported housing and James was accepted and housed by them within five weeks of P3’s initial meeting with James.

Saviour Trust is a charity based in Pontefract, set up in response to an evident need for housing and support for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. The charity aims to offer immediate and sustainable support through the provision of housing, information, advice and guidance, pastoral care and positive activities.

P3 supported James to access benefits and attend the assessments for financial support and was awarded an employment and support allowance and given a three-month back pay. While he was not in receipt of benefits P3 obtained weekly food parcels for him and then supported him to go shopping on his first benefit payment date.

James was also supported to attend his GP to discuss his physical and mental health concerns due to being underweight and suffering with depression as a result his anti-depressant medication was increased, and this helped to stabilise his mood. P3 helped him to register with a dentist and attended treatment appointments with him to address his oral health.

Referrals to ETE provisions were made and James attended a Construction Skills Certificate Skills course after he completed support with P3. He was also supported to obtain property from his ex-partner and to purchase birthday presents for his daughter.

Other referrals were made to help him address his drug misuse but were deemed no longer required as James stopped his drug use whilst accessing support from P3 and remains abstinent.

P3’s Nicola Watt says: “James completed his licence with no further re-offending. He gained suitable accommodation in which he is supported and continues to maintain this tenancy. He remains abstinent from drugs and has maintained his benefits. He has also put on a stone in weight, completed training and had a job offer for when the course has been completed. His mental health is being managed effectively through his GP.

“Obtaining supported accommodation and having financial stability have supported Hames and helped him address his physical health and in turn had an impact on his mental health and levels of motivation to continue to address the issues he had already identified.”