Islamic Relief supports Mosaic’s Muslim Young Offenders Mentoring Programme
In addition to Islamic Relief’s many fundraising initiatives around the world, they are now supporting Mosaic’s Prison Mentoring Programme as their first ever UK-focused fundraising project.
Mosaic’s Mentoring Programme for young Muslim offenders was established two years ago, in partnership with Muslim Youth Helpline and Business in the Community, to provide focused support and mentoring opportunities to Muslim prisoners around the vulnerable period of transition from custody back into community.
The period of transition from custody to community can be a difficult one, particularly for individuals lacking support. Re-offending rates for young people leaving prison remain high but by obtaining employment and accommodation upon release and having strong support structures in place, reduces the likelihood of re-offending. Trained mentors, such as those provided by Mosaic can help individuals to access housing and employment as well as helping mentees to stay positive when things are not going so well.
As part of a wider formal partnership between Mosaic and Islamic Relief, Islamic Relief will support a dedicated fundraising campaign to support the prisons programme. Islamic Relief believes it is necessary to address the particular difficulties faced by Muslim prisoners returning to their communities.
Jehangir Malik, Islamic Relief’s UK Director, said: “In these difficult financial times, such efforts are needed more than ever and organisations like Mosaic and Islamic Relief have to work more closely in partnership to maximise resources in order to deliver high quality work.”
The programme runs in London, the Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire Humber and supports 16 to 30 year-old offenders at the end of their custodial sentence, providing them with a trained mentor to support them through the difficult transition back into society and, particularly, the workplace.
Mentors meet their mentee 3 to 6 months before release and will use the custodial mentoring period to establish a relationship that will sustain during the community phase of mentoring. The Community phase will last for a similar period of 3 to 6 months and will build on the work done during the first phase. Mentors are trained by Mosaic prior to beginning mentoring and are supported at all times throughout the duration of the relationship. Mentors will primarily assist mentees through the provision of emotional and practical support, seeking education/employment opportunities as well as general support around housing, debt and related issues.
Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic UK, said: “I am delighted to see Mosaic’s Prison Mentoring Programme supported by Islamic Relief as their first ever UK-focused fundraising project. This is exactly the sort of joined up, partnership working that can deliver real change to vulnerable communities.”
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