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Prison Resettlement Success

The Devon and Cornwall Prison resettlement supported housing service is a partnership between Julian House and Devon and Cornwall Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC). It provides supported accommodation to offenders in Devon and Cornwall who are leaving prison and locally connected or subject to an agreed management transfer arrangement.

The service is for referrals from HMP Exeter and HMP Eastwood Park and is designed to be a short stay duration with identification and move on to suitable independent living accommodation within a 9 month period. During engagement service users are supported to develop independent living skills.

One client, Martin, was referred into the service from the National Probation Service. He was assessed whilst in prison and was informed of the decision to accept him into the Devon and Cornwall supported housing prison resettlement service. Martin was met on his day of release and was escorted to his specified shared supported housing accommodation in Exeter.

Martin has a history of ‘repeat offending’ with alcohol being the principle identified risk factor. Whilst in HMP Exeter he engaged well with the substance misuse team and is engaging with an alcohol support worker in the local community. In the two weeks Martin has been in service he has settle in well in the accommodation and is proving to be very stable as he engages with support and there have been no issues regarding housing management.

Martin is currently reflecting on his future now he has stable accommodation and has re-engaged contact with his partner. He confesses he feels more confident now and less anxious than he was in prison and is responding positively to a shared living environment. It has also been an opportunity for Martin to participate in daily domestic and living skills. We are working closely with the National Probation Service to develop a risk management plan to ensure there is support for Martin to continue the positive work he is doing regarding his previous alcohol dependancy issues.

Martin is now in a position to consider training courses in the construction industry and has said ‘I feel optimistic about what lies ahead’.