THE FOOTPRINTS PROJECT
Established in 2004, The Footprints Project mentors men and women who are leaving prison or serving a community sentence and are returning to Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire. We aim to reduce the risk of reoffending by helping our clients to re-integrate into their local community. We offer a ‘through the gate’ service, meeting with them prior to and on release from prison. Mentors, who are made up of trained volunteers from the community, support and guide their clients, providing the assistance they need to live a meaningful life without further resorting to crime. This might include help in accessing local services, exploring employment/training prospects, and in many cases re-connecting with their families. A newspaper article about The Footprints Project
Our mentors maintain supportive contact with their clients for as long as it takes to establish them on the road to recovery and a crime-free life in the community. Some of our clients may then be keen themselves to offer their services by training as mentors and sharing their unique experiences with other more recent ex-offenders.
Footprints is actively involved in educating the public as to the difficulties that ex- offenders face when re-integrating following their release from prison. To this end, members of our staff are available to give talks to community groups and are actively engaged in interacting with other agencies within the Criminal Justice system.
Footprints was established in 2004 and has continued to grow incorporating the mentoring of women in 2011, and in the same year was awarded the Approved Provider Standard from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation and this was again awarded to us in 2014.