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 Volunteer Key Worker 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’ Volunteer Key Worker scheme to work alongside individuals leading up to release from prison. Our Volunteer Key Workers 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.
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 Volunteer Key Worker 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.