Sussex Pathways – what we do
Since 2008, Sussex Pathways has worked tirelessly to support people leaving prison to successfully resettle back into the community. We do this through the provision of our ‘Connecting Pathways’ volunteer based mentoring services for prison leavers, as well as rehabilitation support within prisons and a restorative justice service that works pre and post release with perpetrators and victims of crime.
Currently, we offer our ‘through the gate’ mentoring scheme to work alongside individuals leading up to release from prison. Our volunteer mentors will begin supporting people in prison approximately 6 weeks pre-release and will meet with them at the gate on the day of release and continue to provide weekly support in the community for up to six months. This service is strengthened by our community based ‘resettlement hub’ SPIN, offering a healthy outlook to life on ‘the outside’ including a relaxation & yoga group, a healthy lunch and a variety of support services in one place – and it’s all free!
We train and support our volunteers to achieve the effective resettlement into the community for people leaving prison and directly provide a range of services, as well as mobilising the support of partner organisations.
Our mentoring programme promotes progression towards education, training and employment. It supports the development of life skills such as improving personal relationships, interpersonal and communication skills as well as helping to integrate into the community.
Our Restorative Pathways programme provides a volunteer based restorative justice (RJ) service enabling victims to tell offenders about the real impact of their crime and to get answers to questions. RJ also offers the offender an opportunity to understand the impact and to say ‘sorry’, hoping to make amends with those who have been affected. This is an incredibly moving and empowering opportunity for all parties involved and is managed in a safe and structured environment.
Our community based ‘resettlement hub – SPIN’ operates from the One Church in Brighton on Wednesdays and offers ex-offenders a ‘Safe Place to Invigorate & Nourish’ through offering help and support in their journey towards rehabilitation, reintegration and resettlement.
Wednesdays consist of a relaxation & yoga class, followed by a free healthy lunch and a variety of support ‘pop-up’ services targeted at assisting effective participation including, forums, discussion groups and workshops. We have teamed together with a variety of charities and organisations to support ex-offenders navigate their way to a healthier lifestyle out of prison with a range of needs such as; housing, debt & finances, drink & drug misuse, food banks and mental health, among many more. SPIN is supported by many volunteers and is always looking for anyone willing to give a helping hand.
Please see the video below to find out more about Sussex Pathways