Can you offer a young offender a one-to-one mentoring relationship for 12 months? Approximate commitment:1-2 hours per month for 12 months?
The Ex-Offender Mentoring Programme was developed originally in response to the increasing numbers of young Muslims residing in prisons in England and Wales. There are currently over 10,000 Muslims in UK prisons representing 13.4% of the total prison population.
Whilst a strong focus continues to be placed on this community within the prisons system, Mosaic’s programme is not exclusively for Muslims and we continue to work with a diverse group of people.
The period of transition from custody to community can often be extremely challenging, particularly for individuals lacking support. The programme provides focused support and mentoring opportunities to prisoners aged 18 to 30 years old approaching the end of their custodial sentence.
Mosaic’s trained mentors meet prisoners three to six months before release to establish a long-lasting relationship which continues into the community-integration phase. The mentors offer wide-ranging practical assistance, including helping prisoners to secure housing and employment. With these vital support structures in place, the likelihood of re-offending in the future is significantly reduced.
To qualify for a mentor a prisoner must:
- Be aged 18-30 at the beginning of the mentoring relationship
- Not be convicted of a sexual assault and not be convicted of, or under investigation for any terrorist-related activity.
- Be eligible for release back in to the local community and not be liable to deportation
The programme involves a one-to-one mentoring relationship for 12 months, with an approximate commitment: of 1-2 hours per month.
In order to participate on this programme, all volunteers must be at least 21 yrs of age. This should be taken as a guide only. Given the client group we are working with, mentors must have a level of maturity and life experience which means they can support a vulnerable person.
Similarly, given the cultural sensitivities of our client group, our prisons prefer to ensure that women who join the programme are significantly older than the men they may be paired with (18-30 year-olds). The final decision about working with a mentor will rest with the prison.
All volunteers on this programme will be subject to an enhanced security check. If you have criminal conviction, this will not necessarily prevent your participation in the programme but if the conviction is less than five years old, you are unlikely to pass the security check. Please contact us if you wish to discuss.
Unfortunately, Mosaic can only accept a referral onto the programme from a participating prison. If you are a prison or an organisation working with ex-offenders and would like to discuss working in partnership with Mosaic, please contact Zahida.Parveen@princes-trust.org.uk.
Mosaic works with a number of prisons across the country. If you would like to get involved in the programme, please visit our regional pages to view the current opportunities within your region.
Mosaic regularly updates our training calendar throughout the year. Please visit our regional pages to find details of the next training opportunity in your region.
Please note that Mosaic training runs over a full weekend and attending training does not guarantee a place on the programme. Training is used both as a means of selection and as a way of imparting information.
Unfortunately, Mosaic cannot contribute towards travel or accommodation costs for attending training.
Please email Zahida.Parveen@princes-trust.org.uk if you have any questions relating to the programme or training.
Mosaic would like to thank the Al Faisal Foundation for its generous support of this programme.
We are very grateful also for the additional support of the Better Community Business Network.