Pathways to Change

What is this service?


Pathways To Change is a weekly life skills group which is aimed at empowering residents to prepare for a successful release.

  • Voluntary engagement for TTG cases

  • Structured around the 7 pathways to Rehabilitation

  • Preparation for release

  • To address past behaviours and explore new ways forward

  • To reduce reoffending through changing behaviours

  • Voluntary support network

  • A group for Residents who are willing to take responsibility for their actions/lives

Who is it for?


This group is designed for residents who are within six months of their prison release date. It is a group for residents who are willing to take responsibility for their actions and lives.

  • Residents who are within 6 months of a release date

  • Vulnerable Residents

What does it deliver?

Pathways To Change is a mixture of peer support and 1-2-1 volunteer support.  Residents are encouraged to identify and address past negative behaviours, and explore new ways forward.

  • Group setting

  • Mindfulness practice incorporated in the delivering method

  • Life skills

  • Positive peer support

  • Empowers Residents ready for Release

  • Provides coping mechanisms

Our Pathways To Change group is linked to our Through The Gate service.





What do they get?

  • A voice, opportunity to talk and be listened too

  • Space to reflect and feel safe

  • Taking steps out of Prison life and becoming rehabilitated

  • Opportunity to gain/offer peer support

  • 1-2-1 support through a volunteer

  • Encouragement and Support

  • Opportunity to build self-belief and self-esteem

  • Safe space

  • Mixture of group and 1-2-1 support

  • Linked with TTG

What is unique/special about this service?

  • Do what we say we will

  • Peer support and 1-2-1 volunteer support

  • Holistic approach

  • Delivers Like-Skills and Mindfulness

  • Tailored to the Individuals needs

  • Residents are heard and respected

  • Encouraged to identify and explore negative behaviour

  • Encouraged to take responsibility for their actions/lives

  • Having a voice

  • Looks at the 7 Pathways for each individual

What are the Prisons need?

  • Evidence – Re-offending rates – Engagement levels – Attendance in groups – Feedback – Case studies

  • Outcomes – Changes in behaviour – clearer evaluations





How does the project change lives?

  • Empowering Residents

  • Encouraging the use of Transferable skills

  • Creating Self-awareness

  • Creating Support networks

  • Provides a safe space to share and talk

  • Encourages taking responsibility

  • Connections to other agencies

  • Advocacy service that can give a voice

  • Changes attitudes and lifestyles

  • Provides a toolkit to maintain change

  • Positive experience of asking for help

  • Can reduce reoffending behaviour

Does/can it reduce Reoffending?

  • Explores triggers and past behaviours, gives alternative coping skills

  • Develop self-awareness of own needs

  • Accountability to self

  • Develop trust and respect

  • Access to support services/Professionals

  • Ability to make different life choices are addressed

  • Factors that can trigger offending are worked on ie: Homelessness/Addiction/Finance

  • Enable Residents to know that there are different options to offending

Does/can it reduce self-harm?

  • Creates a better self-awareness and self-esteem

  • Gives alternative coping strategies

  • Encourages people to talk

  • Peer support

  • Learning new life skills and making positive life changes

  • Purposeful activity

Does/can it improve Society?

  • Provides a deeper understanding of impact of actions

  • Learning new life skills and making positive life changes

  • Recognising negative and positive relations

  • Creating safer communities

  • Changing societies views through volunteering in a Prison

  • Promotes behaviour changes that can lead to reduce re-offending 

  • Can lead to better housing options on release

  • Can produce less victims

  • Changes public perception by volunteering

What does it contribute to the Prison?

  • Improved behaviour

  • Peer support

  • Reduction in Mental health issues

  • Reduced self-harming/Violent/suicidal thoughts

  • Alternative coping strategies on the wings

  • Entries on CNOMIS

  • Offers a unique group that no one else if offering

  • More positive Resident to Resident/Officer interaction

  • Positive staff rapport

What are the Prisons need?

  • Evidence – Engagement – Attendance levels – Feedback from residents/VKW’S/Course Leader

  • Outcomes – Positive behaviour that can be evidenced – reducing Re-offending – Less self-harming – Less Violent





  • Attendance and non-attendance and Reasons

  • Evaluations

  • Lamplight

  • Feedback

  • Engagement with other agencies

  • Link with TTG

  • Surveys, review questions to fit with outcomes

Case Studies

  • Good news stories

  • Feedback from other staff/agencies


  • Behaviour on CNOMIS

  • Evaluations

  • Reports on Lamplight after every interaction

  • Prison monthly reports

Performance Indicators

  • Attendance and non-attendance

  • Impact in behaviour

  • Engagement in discussion in group

  • Motivation and Attitude

  • RJ referrals 


  • Volunteers on the group keep a journal for each Resident

  • Better progress reports from the TTG data

  • Interviews with Volunteers and residents

  • Add a section to the News letter

  • Better capture of RJ referral route between the services

  • Feedback from the Volunteers to complete as part of the debrief at the end of each group

  • Scale of engagement – participation/peer support/body language/eye contact/communication within group

  • PTC Volunteers and course Leader to complete Lamplight reports after each group on each Resident

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Phone: 01273 785335

Registered Charity: 112708

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