Permanent Secretary pays BeNCH a visit

Ursula Brennan, Ministry of Justice  Permanent Secretary, was warmly welcomed by Neil Moloney CEO in her first visit to BeNCH CRC since our ownership was transferred to Sodexo Justice Services.

During her visit the senior Civil Servant met managers and practice staff to learn more about the complex and demanding work we carry out.  Later in the day Ursula Brennan was able to meet with our colleagues in the National Probation Service to hear from their perspective.

BeNCH staff held a round table discussion with Ursula Brennan and were able to share their insights into their professional practice and what … Read more

Changing Lives Together – what’s behind it?

Our strapline and how it started
Sometimes people ask about our strapline and why it was chosen. The story started in the early days of BeNCH CRC with staff development events taking place and the idea of a strapline was launched.

IMG_4338CEO Neil Moloney said right from the start he wanted all of his teams to have a chance at contributing suggestions. Over the following few weeks many suggestions came in, almost 100 in fact.

When it came to choosing the strapline, this was done in two stages. Firstly a small group of staff met to agree a short list; … Read more

New milestone in Probation history

Staff in Prison - TTG
For the first time in England and Wales, every person leaving prison will have access to support services to give them a better start.

The provision, known as ‘Through the Gate’, is part of the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014. All adult offenders, who committed an offence from 1st February 2015, will be subject to a minimum of 12 months supervision in the community on release from prison, enabling vital work to be undertaken with them to reduce the likelihood of reoffending. For the first time, offenders with prison sentences of less than 12 months will receive probation

supervision to support … Read more

Reports of door-to-door selling not linked to BeNCH

We have had a report of a young man involved in door to door selling in the Watford area and saying he is an ex-offender working as part of a Probation scheme.  He has some kind of an ID card and has been reported as being ‘pushy’ in saying he was trying to turn his life around and buying items from him would help him.

BeNCH would like to make it very clear this is nothing to do with us and we are not aware of any official schemes of this nature.

Should any members of the public experience something … Read more

Corby Rugby Club Tackles Re-offending Rates

Corby Rugby Club is working in Partnership with BeNCH CRC and the Northamptonshire Police Integrated Offender Management team to use sport and coaching as a way to steer individuals away from crime.

The club is offering service users the chance to get physical exercise, “to let of steam” in a controlled environment, understand the laws and self discipline of the game at the same time as having valuable access to role models within the current team.

Corby Rugby Club’s General Manager and Head Coach Ricky Egan said “We are so pleased to be able to make the Rugby Club resources … Read more

Community Payback on the Alban Way

As a member of the Welwyn & Hatfield Community Safety Partnership, BeNCH has been able to work alongside the other CSP members to quickly tackle a local problem.

The Alban Way is a disused railway track which has been turned into a footpath connecting Hatfield to the Cathedral City of St Albans.  It is well used and appreciated by local residents and yet it also become a problem area in Hatffield.  The Community Safety Partnership had become aware of it becoming untidy with dumped rubbish and problematic with rough sleeping and other social problems.

Co-ordinated by Chrystalla Karvella, the Community … Read more

Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014

ORA diagramAs the new Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 applies to offences committed February 2015 onwards, we have uploaded the following leaflet and poster which are appearing in our reception rooms.

It applies to Community Orders, Suspended Sentence Orders and for Custodial Sentences.  It means short term prisoners will be released on Licence and have a period of post sentence supervision.  New rules include the need for service users to co-operate with drug testing requirements and seek permission before changing address.

ORA poster Feb2015
Information for Service Users Feb 2015

Further information for service users may be found on the service user Read more

Letter to Stakeholders 5th February

BeNCH HQIn a letter to our Stakeholders, Neil Moloney CEO provides an update on the commencement of the Offender Rehabilitation Act which has now come into force. The legislation applies to offences committed on or after 1st February 2015 and extends statutory supervision to those released from custody after serving short sentences of less than 12 months.

Also published is our first Newsletter for Stakeholders.

Stakeholder letter, February 2015
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Award winning Community Payback

Steve Prestoe, Community Payback Project Manager based in Watford in Hertfordshire, talks about his teams’ work and their achievement in collecting a prestigious award in late 2014.

Steve’s Community Payback team recently scooped the Housing Heroes Award (Best Partner) from Dacorum Borough Council in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.  The award is in recognition of the high quality work carried out by Community Payback Service Users in maintaining gardens, footpaths and areas around various estates and housing association properties.  This included some sheltered housing schemes where vegetation has been cleared to make it easier for local residents to reach their wheeley bins … Read more

Local partnership: C2C Charitable Trust in Northampton

Suzy van RooyenSpotlight on a Local partnership: C2C Charitable Trust in Northampton

Suzy Van Rooyen, CEO of C2C, talks about the successful Breakthrough Project and the partnership between the Nene Valley Christian Family Refuge (NVCFR), C2C and BeNCH to support women service users.

The partnership is based in Northamptonshire and supports the positive work with women service users. The Breakthrough Project is made up of C2C and Nene Valley Refuge working in partnership  to deliver Women’s Specified Activity Requirements (WSARs) on behalf of BeNCH CRC.

As a community sentence, the WSAR is designed to address issues faced by women to reduce … Read more