Our Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs)
Our skilled and experienced people in both London and Thames Valley work directly with service users aged 18 and over who have either been sentenced by the courts to a Community Order or Suspended Sentence Order, or released on licence from prison to serve the rest of their sentence in the community. We:
● Tackle the causes of their offending behaviour
● Enable them to turn their lives around
● Rehabilitate them back into the community.
Under the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014, we also continue to supervise ex-service users for a 12 month period after release from prison. And from 1 February 2015, we introduced ‘Through the Gate’ services including housing, employment, finance and debt advice for those sentenced to less than 12 months in prison and who are at greatest risk of re-offending.
We’re a key partner in Integrated Offender Management, which brings together local agencies to target repeat offenders causing most concern to communities. We have particular expertise in working with gang members and women service users. And we work closely with other organisations to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
We deliver Restorative Justice, which gives victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers to their questions, and an apology.
We supervise Community Payback which provides local communities the opportunity to suggest suitable areas for offenders to rejuvenate as part of their Community Order. Current projects include litter removal, environmental improvements, repairing and redecorating community centres and removing graffiti.
And we provide information to the National Probation Service, so their employees can write reports for the courts, recommending the services we offer as part of an individual’s community, suspended or immediate prison sentence.
We supervise a wide variety of people and understand that there is never a straightforward case. There are those who have multiple needs, such as drug or alcohol abuse issues, in addition to mental/emotional health problems. The common denominator is that they have turned to crime and it’s our job to help them break down the reasons for that and to address them, one part at a time.
Our people have the skills to engage service users – to encourage them to work with us to look at the whole picture. By addressing different aspects of their current situation, we can help them to see ways to break their cycle of reoffending, to change things for the better and to help them integrate positively into their communities.
But the skills needed to take on this work cannot be underestimated. Our people train continuously to improve their ability to offer solutions that service users can learn and take on themselves. There’s no point in helping people out of crime by doing everything for them – the skill is in helping people to learn new ways to behave, to think and to act, which doesn’t involve turning to crime and hurting others.
What’s more, both of our CRCs have their own specific challenges to work with, and here’s what makes each unique.
Service users look up to me, which I think is a good thing, because a lot of them have not had any direction in life… that’s the difference I want them to feel.
A lot of the time, service users have never had respect before, and I like to think that I’m the difference they need to inspire change in their lives.
I have lots of positive conversations with service users, and this is definitely where I feel like I’m able to be the difference they’re looking for.
It’s always our aim to be the difference in someone’s life. It makes me feel so much better… and then I know I’ve done a great job.
We’re not in it for the money. Being the difference by making small changes in people’s lives is why we’re here.
I know for certain, without a doubt, that I wouldn’t be here today without MTC's constant support and encouragement. They have definitely made a meaningful change to my life.
My strength is that I’ve got a lot of patience, even in difficult situations, and I think that’s where I make a difference to people.