Offender Services

Giving hope, practical support and the chance of a new life, Kenward Trust is committed to reducing re-offending and encouraging successful resettlement for those that access our support.

Two male service users at the Kenward Trust.

From its inception, Kenward Trust has been committed to providing support, guidance and sanctuary to those facing disadvantage and discrimination.

Kenward Trust is committed to providing support to some of the most vulnerable people within our communities, through the resettlement of offenders. We do this through innovative and exciting projects, which offer people with an offending background support both in prison and within the community.

We are proud of the huge success of our services to support the resettlement of offenders.

Reset is a Big Lottery Funded Kent-based support service that assigns volunteer mentors to work within Kent & Medway prisons or Approved hostels: supporting ex-offenders who will be resettling within Kent & Medway.

This is a volunteer-led project that works in partnership with existing agencies to help offenders and ex-offenders become valued members of society. The initiative was developed in response to the challenges faced by many ex-offenders when they tried to begin a new life after release from prison and to the high level of interest from numerous community organisations in helping with resettlement.

Please click here to find out more about Reset.

In Autumn 2009 we introduced the first phase of a project aimed at supporting prisoner rehabilitation and resettlement within the community.

Following extensive liaison with HM Prison service and working closely with ‘Working Out teams’ from HMP Standford Hill, the Vision team at HMP East Sutton Park and other local open prisons, we offer structured work placements, five days a week, at Kenward House for offenders.

The aim is to develop confidence, self-esteem and employability skills through voluntary work placements of one month to nine months, or more, dependent on a prisoner’s sentence.

Many offenders have experienced an abrupt interruption to their full-time education and often have limited social skills. We work with highly vulnerable and socially excluded people who often have damaged and disturbed backgrounds. Indeed, many have been victims of crime and abuse, leading in turn to offending behavior.

Our Work Skills Project offers highly disadvantaged male and female offenders the chance to gain employability skills, improve confidence and self esteem, develop positive attitudes and aspirations towards work and their future and increase the likelihood of successful rehabilitation into the community. Ultimately, this project seeks to reduce the level of re-offending and give these men and women, many of whom have complex and multiple challenges, the second chance that they need.

It is a fact that criminal behaviour is often fuelled by drug and alcohol dependency and abuse, whether through those that suffer from substance misuse or others  that are involved in the supply of such substances. This programme aims to build a greater sense of self worth for individuals enabling them to break repeating cycles of offending

The consequences

The social and economic cost to society is substantial. These prisoners need a reliable source of accurate information, support and practical local guidance to help them avoid or break the cycle of addiction.

Many of the clients who come to the Kenward Trust have associated problems of social isolation, guilt, fear, grief and emotional setbacks. They may have tried to solve these problems with alcohol or other drugs and hence, found themselves victims of a more vicious problem of dependency or addiction, often resulting in family breakdown, hospitalisation and prison sentences. Some come to our services because the Courts have sentenced them to do so. We estimate that 90% of our clients have had experience of the criminal justice system, with up to 30% having served prison sentences. Some have been made virtually homeless due to their behaviour and inability to hold down regular employment. However, the biggest immediate obstacles that face offenders on leaving prison is finding accommodation and an occupation that can help them stop the cycle of repeat offending.

We offer Volunteer roles in the following areas to offenders:

  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Maintenance and Estates
  • Horticulture
  • Gym and Fitness
  • Outreach and life stories
  • Administration
  • Marketing
  • Housekeeping
  • Driving clients to appointments

We are fortunate that several of our Volunteers have successfully advanced to become paid employees of Kenward Trust.

Admissions & Enquiries

To apply for any of our projects, please download and fill in the appropriate forms, or follow the links to apply online. Acceptance is subject to interview and risk/needs assessment. We are able to travel to meet you to do this.

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01622 814187 enquiry@kenwardtrust.org.uk

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