On Monday 17th May, Ingeus opens the doors to its CFO Activity Hubs, a new programme from the HMPPS Co-financing Organisation and part funded by the European Social Fund.
Designed to increase effective engagement with mainstream or core services, the CFO Activity Hubs provide safe, supportive and welcoming spaces for offenders to access tailored support, advice and guidance, and interact with positive roles models and peers at a similar stage of their resettlement journey. Offenders will be able to access support for accommodation, health, finance and debt, education, employment and training.
CFO Activity Hubs will complement existing HMPPS services and provide key links with local communities to promote and help positive change and outcomes. Ingeus and its partnership of third sector and specialist organisations, including TKO “Training, Knowledge & Opportunities” Ltd, East Durham College, Catharsis Creative Arts Therapy, RFEA Ltd, and PACT Futures CIC, will provide Activity Hubs in community locations across Middlesborough, Durham and Darlington.
Ingeus has also been selected to deliver the only custodial Activity Hub focusing on veterans which will operate from HMP Holme House in Stockton on Tees.
Over 1700 people will be supported with innovative activities and interventions to empower and support them on their rehabilitation journey.
Ingeus already delivers the HMPPS CFO3 programmes across the North East, Yorkshire & Humber, and East Midlands, which helps offenders move towards social inclusion and mainstream provision, with supportive interventions and training to help find work.
Ingeus Operations Director for CFO programmes, Michelle Taylor, said: “We are extremely excited to be delivering this new programme and increasing our services to even more offenders who need help and support. Through our existing Justice services, we are well placed to integrate the CFO Activity Hubs within local communities, ensuring embedded links to specialist support to enable people to progress”.
Ingeus’ Chief Executive of Justice Services, Adam Hart, continued: “Ingeus has a demonstrable track record of supporting offenders through our two Community Rehabilitation Companies and CFO programmes and we are pleased to be continuing our proven approach with the CFO Activity Hubs and the veterans pilot. We continue to grow and invest in our services to increase access and opportunities for all customers and we look forward to working with our partners to deliver the vital support CFO Activity Hubs will provide”.
Please visit Activity Hubs to find out more information