STOP PRESS! The Prisons Christmas Gift Project. We are joining other Churches in Bristol to pay for, pack, and distribute a Christmas gift bag to every prisoner in the greater Bristol area. Ebe Church family - join us for bring and share lunch on this Sunday (22nd) at 1pm to get involved and hear more.
SixtyOne is a group of Bristol based charities, churches, businesses and individuals who have come together to work co-operatively to help ex-prisoners lead meaningful lives that are free from crime.
They aim to achieve this by working together to create more connected support, not only amongst its members, but also with churches, businesses and individuals across the city. They will do this by:
- Acting as an information hub
- Connecting ex-prisoners with charities, churches and businesses who may be able to support them; and
- Training mentors, primarily but not exclusively, from the church community through the MentorMe. This is an ongoing initiative, which has already generated significant interest from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), many of the church leaders based in the Bristol area, charitable trusts and influential individuals.
The founding organisations of SixtyOne are:
Find out more about Sixty-One on their website or speak to our Community Champion, Andy Smith, or contact the Church Office.
The majority of offenders, 97%, expressed a desire to stop offending. When prisoners are asked what factors would be important in their rehabilitation most stressed the importance of ‘having a job, somewhere to live and support on release’.
MentorMe is one of the lead organisations of the SixtyOne Partnership. It is a mentoring organisation which offers ex-offenders support on release from prison. Its aim is reduce reoffending by offering support, encouragement and care to those wishing to make positive changes to their lives. Support is offered prior to and on release from prison, and we also work with men and women who have been on the outside for some time but would value additional support to carry out those changes.
A couple of people from Ebe have been trained to be MentorMe mentors and it would be great to see more involved. Find out details here or speak to Andy Smith (Ebe's Sixty-One Community Champion)