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Women category shortlist 2022

Welcome to the exhibition room for the shortlisted projects for this year's Women category. Here you can learn a little about all the projects and organisations, see some of their inspiring work, and find ways to connect and keep up to date with their latest news.

Moving On Project, Employment 4 All CIC

Employment 4 All CIC was founded to combat the social exclusion that many disadvantaged job seekers, and those with criminal convictions, face trying to gain employment, inclusion and control over their lives.

The Moving on Project supports women who are prison leavers, due to leave prison, on probation, or at risk of offending, into sustainable employment. They prepare women for employment through soft skills development which help to address the issues they face, improve their lives, reduce the likelihood of further reoffending, and combat the social exclusion many female prison leavers experience. 

For many of Moving On’s clients, the gap to employment is great, because they often face multiple barriers to employment, including: poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, care leavers, were excluded from mainstream education, NEET’s, BAME, lone parents, in temporary accommodation, victims of domestic violence and exploitation. To do this work effectively it’s important those barriers are addressed first.  

Find out more about Employment 4 All CIC’s work in the short film below.

LinkedIn: Employment 4 All  

Enrich, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

In 2020, in partnership with Thames Valley Police and Alana House, Berkshire Healthcare’s Liaison and Diversion service joined forces to offer alternative outcomes to prison or court for vulnerable women seen in custody.  

The Enrich project meets the aims of the government’s Female Offender Strategy and has proven successful in diverting women away from and out of the criminal justice system. The aims and objectives are based on the nine pathways to reducing reoffending highlighted in the Corston Report. Having bases in custody and court means they are well positioned to offer appropriate, gender specific, trauma informed, and holistic support.  

Read the press release about the Queens Award for Alana House volunteers here. 

Willowdene Women’s Whole System Approach, Willowdene Rehabilitation 

Established in 1988, Willowdene Rehabilitation Ltd has at the heart of its vision and mission the belief that every individual, irrespective of birth and life circumstances, can live the life they were designed for.    

Willowdene’s proven interventions address the causes of offending and substance misuse, deal with trauma, rebuild lives, and ensure those in the criminal justice system do not become or remain in the ‘revolving door’. They provide training in 11 career areas, over 30 qualifications, counselling, and pastoral support.  

Delivering a whole systems approach, vulnerable individuals’ needs are met through Willowdene’s in-house services, supported by strategic and frontline partners. This provides a comprehensive and cohesive service, supporting students on a seamless journey out of the criminal justice system and into purposeful living.  

In 2012, Willowdene launched its first gender-specific interventions, followed in 2013 by the launch of the first (and only) female residential alternative to custody in the UK. 

Learn about Willowdene’s history, approach, programme, and outcomes here, and find out more about Willowdene’s Probation Service Delivery here.

LinkedIn: Willowdene Rehabilitation

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