Offender Services

Every year we work with around 10,000 prisoners and ex-offenders, helping them to make real and positive change in their lives

Going to prison can cause the loss of a home, possessions, job and relationship with family and friends. Our statistics show that 45% of our clients are ex-offenders.

Our Offender Services Team has been providing support in prisons since 2000. We currently work in eight prisons in London - HMP Belmarsh, HMP Brixton, HMP Feltham (Young Offenders Institute), HMP Highdown, HMP Holloway, HMP Pentonville, HMP Wandsworth and HMP Wormwood Scrubs - and one, The Mount, in the eastern region.

Beyond prisons, we work with ex offenders and Probation services in Herts, Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire, and outreach services (MAPPA related) in Westminster. Our services include:

  • HARP (Housing Advice, Resettlement and Prevention) - this pan London service us for offenders at risk of homelessness on release from prison, and reaches into Pentonville, Holloway, Wormwood Scrubs, Brixton and Wandsworth as well as five London Probation offices. It includes a peer-led Community Recovery Network to help people sustain accommodation.
  • Floating support services - available in some London boroughs to help ex-offenders sustain their tenancy, and provide advice and information
  • Herts Offenders - this service provides HAWK workers for four Probation offices across Hertfordshire and one police based IOM role
  • Offender accommodation based services - eg in Haringey and Hackney, in hostels & semi-independent housing projects.
  • The Date Palm Project - a partnership between St Mungo's Broadway, the National Zakat Foundation and the Better Community Business Network to provide faith-sensitive supported housing for young male Muslim prison leavers in a large shared house. Read more about the project in this Date Palm Project leaflet (pdf).

We also work closely with a range of services inside and outside prisons to help prevent people re-offending.

In 2013 our Floating Support service for High Risk Offenders in the South West was named best Adult Community service in the Howard League for Penal Reform's annual awards.  This Bristol-based team of four worked with 150 people during 2012-13, with a non- reoffending rate of 83%.