Wolves Help Mentor At Thorn Cross
Chief Exec Andy Gatcliffe and Wolves Foundation Director Neil Kelly helped launch the Peer Mentor scheme at Thorn Cross this week. The Wolves have helped support the scheme over the past few years since its inception in 2007.
The scheme was started with the aim of improving safer custody and reducing anti-social behaviour, as research does indicate peer mentoring schemes reduce incidents of bullying and vulnerability.
Additionally, the scheme also aimed to provide prisoners with a means of undertaking restorative justice work in prison. The later comes from the instigation of a mother of a victim of offence, who requested that a victim impact statement was gone through with the offender who was in Thorn Cross. She wanted him to be made aware of her son as a person and stated "the best way he could repay for the harm, damage and loss caused was by doing good in any place", and we have taken any place to mean a prison.
Since the scheme inception, 236 prisoners have been trained as mentors with 93% prisoners carrying out their duties effectively. 107 mentors have subsequently given Crime prevention talks in the community.
24, Oct, 2012