Purple Futures pledges funds to support women offender schemes

29 January 2015

Purple Futures, the new Interserve-led partnership which takes over probation services in Cheshire & Greater Manchester from Sunday, has today pledged funds to support existing services aimed at helping women offenders in the region.

The partnership, which assumes management of Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) as part of the Government’s justice reforms, today pledged £250,000, which will be used to support a range of existing initiatives, including women’s centres, which have been set up to help stop offenders from re-offending, and to give other women at risk the skills they need to deter them from criminal activity.

Currently around 45 per cent of women leaving prison are reconvicted within a year.

The funds – part of a wider £1million boost to work aimed at helping women offenders – were announced as Justice Minister Simon Hughes visited Manchester to see some of the initiatives in action.  The Minister called for the number of women being sent to prison to be halved. Currently there are 3,800 women in prison in England and Wales.

Yvonne Thomas, Chair of Purple Futures, said:

The work which the CRC is leading on women offenders is a great example of rehabilitation in action and has had great results. It’s an initiative which is working in the area, and one which we’re fully behind.

Purple Futures is determined to provide services to reduce reoffending and in particular to make sure that provision for women is maintained and, in time, enhanced.  Supporting women’s specific needs has wider benefits for their families and children who are often the hidden victims of offending.

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Notes to Editors

  1. For more information, contact Interserve Press Office, press.office@interserve.com
  2. For more information about Cheshire &Greater Manchester CRC’s women offender scheme, visit: http://cgm-probation.org.uk/news/minister-praises-greater-manchesters-women-offender-scheme/

About Purple Futures

Purple Futures is the new partnership, led by the FTSE250 support services company Interserve, of private sector, charities and social enterprise, which from 1 February is providing probation and rehabilitation services on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in Cheshire & Greater Manchester. Services will be delivered as part of the MoJ’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme.  For more information about Purple Futures, visit www.purplefutures.co.uk

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