Michael Spurr visits HIOW CRC

04 October 2016

THE civil servant in charge of prisons and probation visited the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC) today.

Michael Spurr, chief executive of National Offender Management Service (NOMS), met with Yvonne Thomas, managing director of Interserve Justice during a day-long tour to the CRC’s Portsmouth office and HMP Winchester.

Michael met with people on probation and probation staff at the CRC’s Community Hub in Portsmouth’s Civic Office, before visiting an Integrated Offender Management (IOM) house run by the Society of St James.

He finished the day with a visit to Winchester Prison where he met with organisations providing services to prisoners preparing for release – known as Through the Gate.

Michael said: “It has been great to come and hear about the commitment to working with local communities being put into practice. It has been particularly good to hear from service users who have spoken so positively about this inclusive approach. This is all really encouraging and hopefully will make a difference to people’s lives.”

Offenders in Portsmouth report to the Civic Office for their one-to-one supervision meetings with probation case managers, as well as to access other interventions, such as programmes designed to reduce re-offending.

Yvonne said: “I am delighted Michael took the time from his busy schedule to visit HIOW CRC and to see the work we are doing to reduce re-offending.

“I am especially pleased that Michael was able to meet with our service users to learn firsthand about the benefits that our approach to rehabilitation is having in Hampshire.”

Michael also met with HIOW CRC community director, Melanie Pearce, and network developer, Rachael Loveridge to learn about Interserve’s Interchange model. He then heard from P3 service manager, Erika Paradise, about her organisation. P3 works alongside probation to support lifestyle changes among prolific offenders.

Michael then joined a roundtable discussion with service users who had been supported and empowered to create their own action group: User Voice and Open Door.

Before leaving Portsmouth, Michael was shown the new personal safety devices and fleet equipment which Interserve has bought for its CRCs. The first of 60 Community Payback minibuses was used as transport on the day.

The minibuses have been specifically built to safely transport passengers and equipment, and they offer lower fuel emissions and better fuel efficiency than previous versions, which fit Interserve’s sustainability principles. In addition, Community Payback teams will benefit from the efficiencies provided by Interserve’s fleet management services.

For more information about the Hampshire & Isle of Wight CRC visit www.hampshire-crc.co.uk or follow @HampshireCRC.