Congratulations to former BeNCH Chief

Tessa Webb 2014BeNCH’s former Chief Executive, Tessa Webb, received an OBE in the New Years honours list. The award is testament to all her years of service within Probation and particularly her steering of Hertfordshire Probation through the Trust process and, more recently, BeNCH CRC through the Transforming Rehabilitation process in recent years.

Tessa said “The work I undertook in Hertfordshire required teamwork at every level and benefited from a strong partnership culture across the public, voluntary and private sectors. I was privileged to work with so many lovely people who make a difference on a daily basis. Receiving this honour was … Read more

EFQM Committed to Excellence

BeNCH CRC has achieved a maximum of 2 Stars in a recent EFQM Committed to Excellence assessment.  The intensive assessment was carried out by Dave Richards and Derek Medhurst who had previously studied our Business Plan and a large number of our key documents prior to meeting staff on Tuesday 16th December.

Most imporatantly they spent time meeting with over 20 staff from different parts of the organisation in order to learn more about BeNCH and assess our organisational “health”.

While recognising the demanding journey we all have been on, and being fully aware of the changes ahead, the assessors … Read more

Announcement of Contract Signature

The Secretary of State for Justice has confirmed that today, 18 December 2014, he will be signing contracts with the new owners for the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). This announcement marks another significant step towards completing the government’s probation reforms.

The transfer of ownership of all the CRCs will take place on 1 February 2015, along with the transition to the new Services arrangements. The Ministry of Justice also plan for the provisions of the Offender Rehabilitation Act (ORA) 2014 to be commenced on this date.  Therefore Sodexo Justice Services in partnership with NACRO, will become the new owner … Read more

Visit from Secretary of State and local MP

BeNCH’s Stevenage office showcased high quality work and projects to influential visitors on Thursday 27 November.

Grayling, McPartland, MoloneyJustice Secretary Chris Grayling and local Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland came to see how BeNCH and the NPS in Hertfordshire are working with service users to reduce reoffending and help them turn their lives around.

They went to see a Community Payback project at Asquith Court in Stevenage, a sheltered accommodation for elderly residents who want to live independently. The project sees service users clearing leaves and litter away to make it a tidier area for the residents to use.

Both Chris Grayling and … Read more

Preferred Bidder announcement


moj buildingWe are pleased to announce the outcome of the Transforming Rehabilitation process to the Preferred Bidder stage to date.  Following a rigorous evaluation and moderation process undertaken by the Ministry of Justice, the Secretary of State for Justice has today announced the list of Preferred Bidders for each of the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) who will deliver rehabilitation services in England and Wales.

The Preferred Bidder for BeNCH CRC is Sodexo Justice Services in partnership with NACRO

The full list of Preferred Bidders for all 21 CRCs is available on the Gov.UK … Read more

Local partnership: Citizens Advice Bureau in Stevenage, Herts

IMG_2672Spotlight on a Local partnership: Citizens Advice Bureau in Stevenage, Herts

Stevenage CAB Outreach Probation Case Worker Mascha Collier talks to BeNCH Press about her work and our similarities. On the surface, the CAB and BeNCH are completely different organisations and yet our ways of working have much in common. Neither will say “come to us with your problems and we’ll solve them all for you” but instead we seek to empower our clients and Service Users. Wherever possible we both work to advise, to encourage, to enable people to take responsibility for their situation. We work with people as … Read more

CEO addresses historic HACRO Conference

hacro group 2014The Hertfordshire Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (HACRO) celebrated its 40th anniversary at its annual general meeting held at Hertfordshire Constabulary Police Headquarters on Wednesday 1st October, 2014 and attended by over 120 people. In previous years Hertfordshire Probation Trust has attended as an exhibiting supporter of HACRO but this was the first opportunity for BeNCH CRC to attend in its own right.  We are therefore honoured Neil Moloney BeNCH CEO was invited to be one of the speakers alongside other leaders in the Criminal Justice System in Hertfordshire.

The meeting was opened by Hertfordshire High Sheriff … Read more

Community Payback “A real eye-opener”

On a bright sunny Tuesday morning, seven Probation staff volunteered to experience what Community Payback was really like. The group was made up of representatives from BeNCH and the Courts, including senior manager Sue Jennings. Individuals were sent work instructions to attend for an 8:30am start, collected personal protective equipment (PPE) and were taken to site by Supervisor Alison Whitfield. The team went to Marston Forest in Central Bedfordshire where a group of service users were working on the day with another Supervisor Matthew Burraway.

Staff were briefed on site about the task. Marston Forest’s Head Ranger, Anna Charles, personally … Read more

Community Payback: PAT testing workshop

Around BeNCH Community Payback teams ensure Service Users who are sentenced to carry out a number of unpaid work hours by the Courts, work hard to serve their local community.  The Community Payback projects are considerably varied.  Here we put the spotlight on some valuable work being carried out in Kettering, Northants.  Site Officer Alan Corbett outlines how the project works….

What is this project?
The Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Workshop is a Community Payback project operating from our Kettering Office. It provides an electrical applicance testing service to charities throughout Northants to enable them to sell applicances in their … Read more