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what does pathway mentoring do?


We offer 'through the gate' mentoring, support and coaching for Prison leavers who desire to live crime free lives and those at risk of offending. For Prison leavers this can begin in prison and then continue into the community, to help prepare for the changes they need to make and will experience as they move toward and into life in the community.   


We work alongside HMP Staff, Probation and Councils to develop and run programmes and projects to help reduce reoffending.  The nature of the programmes and projects can be tailored to suit the particular needs and context, with the aim of changing mindset and building confidence. These include the creative arts, creative discussion groups focussing on communication relationships, goal setting, employability, etc. 


We offer support, training and consultancy to community and faith groups who wish to welcome Prison leavers and those at risk of offending.  This includes advice and training on how to safeguard both the individual and the community, training on mentoring for Prison leavers and those at risk of offending and linking known service users into local community and faith groups. 

pathway mentoring is committed to trauma informed practice
4 needs - Individual, Spiritual, Social and Physical

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how pathway works

We aim to support Prison leavers and those at risk of offending by following the principles of assisted desistance:

  • Respecting individuality:
    since the process of giving up crime is different for each person; delivery needs to be properly individualised.


  • Building positive relationships:
    people are most influenced to change by those whose advice they respect and whose support they value.


  • Recognising the significance of social context:
    desistance is related to the external/social aspects of a person’s life as well as to internal/psychological factors. Giving up crime requires new networks of support and opportunities in local communities.


  • Recognising and developing people’s strengths:
    promoting a range of protective factors and taking a relational and strengths-based approach.


  • Fostering agency and self-determination:
    supporting prison leavers to set their own goals and develop strategies for recovery and healthy living in the community.

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