Hub aiming to help reduce reoffending

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A community hub for women offenders is working to help reduce reoffending in North Tyneside .

Northumbria Probation Trust has recently introduced a community hub for women in North Tyneside in partnership with The Richmond Fellowship.

Designed to meet the specific needs of female offenders, it provides an informal and safe environment where they can more effectively address their offending behaviour.

Maureen Gavin, Northumbria Probation Trust’s director of offender management, said: “The hub delivers the best support and rehabilitation and gives a women only context for the supervision of the sentence, which leads to increased confidence, improved life circumstances and employment.

“This approach has seen an increase in offender motivation and a reduction in reoffending, the women’s confidence and self-esteem has improved, which in turn has had a positive impact on their life.”

Most women attend the hub as part of their community order or licence.

Other women who are not subject to statutory supervision but who still need support to make the necessary changes in their lives attend on a voluntary basis.

The women receive support from probation staff and specialist workers from different agencies and can access a variety of services such as learning and skills, employment, health and housing to help address issues.

Richmond Fellowship service manager, Karyn Ainsley, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to work with Northumbria Probation Trust to provide a safe and positive environment for women in North Tyneside to access the support they need.”