THE FOOTPRINTS PROJECT
NEWS - Jane Barkes to step down as CEO
‘The Trustees of Footprints are today announcing that, after 12 years with the Charity, Jane Barkes has decided to step down as CEO. “We were all really saddened when Jane told us of her intentions” said Jennie Paterson, Chair of the Trustees, “but we respect her decision and would like to thank her for the way she has nurtured and led Footprints so passionately and effectively, during very challenging times. Naturally, we hope it is “au revoir” and not goodbye, and we are relieved that we have found someone we believe will prove a worthy successor. Dr. Caroline Stevens, will be joining on 15th May 2018. In fact, we are really thrilled to have found someone with such relevant experience and skills as Caroline, and we are all excited about the next phase in the life of Footprints.’
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 reduce the risk of reoffending by helping our clients to re-integrate into their local communities. Where possible 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 returning to crime. This might include help in accessing local services, exploring employment/training prospects, and in many cases re-connecting with their families.
In addition, in partnership with Parkstone United Reform Church, Footprints runs Life Works. This is a programme offering participants opportunities for personal development, improving confidence & building self-esteem. Participants are trained in skills such as painting, decorating and building work whilst offering these services to local organisations, helping in the community and gaining in feelings of self worth. Men and women, having been through Life Works, are better able to find training and work opportunities with our help and the experience they have gained.
Dr Caroline Stevens
Caroline has over 10 years’ experience of working with people in the Criminal Justice System. Caroline previously worked as development manager for the C2C Charity in Northamptonshire where she developed several novel projects including:
‘Custody Carers’, a National Appropriate Adult Network affiliated scheme, offering support and mentoring to vulnerable adults in police custody.
‘Rock Project’ offering through the gate mentoring to men and women in HMP Peterborough and HMP Woodhill ‘Cut It Out’ a Home Office funded project, working with schools and pupil referral units.
In 2010, Caroline was recruited by Thames Valley Probation to develop a new Community Chaplaincy scheme, New Leaf, providing volunteer led through the gate support to adults serving sentences of less than 12 months returning to Buckinghamshire. The project is now part of the charity the Thames Valley Partnership and was recently cited as an example of good practise in the June 2017 joint inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons “An Inspection of Through the Gate Resettlement Services for Prisoners Serving 12 Months or More”.
PREVIOUS EVENTS - 'Lock-in' at Portland
Lock-in' at Portland on 20th November - celebrating Inter-Faith and Prisoners Week - some representatives of different faiths were locked up overnight.
Kate Adie OBE DL in Conversation with Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC QC
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