It’s now 10 years since The Corston Report: A Review of Women with Particular Vulnerabilities in the Criminal Justice System was published. The report made 43 recommendations to improve the support for women in prison and for those serving sentences in the community.
Since 2010 we’ve delivered the CHANGES project in line with Baroness Corston’s recommendations and during that time we’ve supported over 700 women to turn their lives around. This is a what one of those women said about the support we offered:
“Since coming here to do the CHANGES programme I’m in a much better place financially and I’ve got more confidence. I now listen to people rather than just reacting. I really appreciated being listened to by the staff here – it made me think differently and I know I won’t be offending again as it’s helped me to push the negative people out of my life”
Women in Prison have produced a report on how far the original recommendations have been met. The summary being – some way, but not far enough. You can read their report here.
We are very pleased to announce that Nottingham Women’s Centre passed the Matrix quality standard for advice, information and guidance services. The Matrix Standard is the unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals. It is carried out every three years and is reviewed annually to ensure we are meeting all targets.
The assessor interviewed several service users and organisations that we work in partnership with. The feedback received was extremely positive. Here are some of the comments the assessor noted:
“They let me go at my own pace and that helped me to grow as a person.” (Client)
“The small groups are a good way for you to ease yourself into things.” (Client)
“I would have given up if I hadn’t had the help from here. It feels like somebody is holding
you so you feel safer.” (Client)
“You are heard and seen here. You are accepted for who you are.” (Client)
“The staff have all the information you need at their fingertips.” (Client)
“Nottingham Women’s Centre has a genuine desire to work with marginalised groups.” (Partner)
“Our work with the Centre is complementary and they are able to help when people do want to re-integrate into society. They can access friendships, solidarity and a safe environment. The work of the Centre is vast and they have a diverse client group so nobody feels judged.” (Partner)
“We respect each other’s aims and objectives. The door is always open and the staff are flexible and responsive.” (Partner)
This feedback is valuable to how we build our delivery and we will continue to work hard to ensure we meet the needs of both our clients and partners. A big thank you to everyone who took part.