Chairman Report About Us

 Chair’s Report

Over the last few years we have seen many issues come to dominate the criminal justice landscape. Diversity and Inclusion is often in the spotlight along with numerous initiatives to reduce recidivism. While such has been ongoing, we have been working hard and from this through careful research, have developed a number of programmes in furtherance to our charitable aims which is to reduce recidivism through education and training.   

Our new project entitled: I am Mentor (IAM) seek to train former offenders in the art of mentoring offenders away from the criminal justice system and with it, a reduction to and in recidivism. Mentorship has been tried and tested throughout the decades and it was not until undertaking M.A. studies that 'mentorship' was viewed as a possible approach by which the organisation may undertake from the works and research of Jolliffe & Farrington (Cambridge University) and Lillian et al from numerous United States universities.

The IAM Project is unique in that it does not mentor offenders but train offenders to become accredited offender mentors. This will in our belief, take offenders away from offending and with the experience gained from the criminal justice system enable the trained mentor to coach current and former offenders away from the criminal justice system and crime. 

We are now at the stage of rolling out the programmes and will be seeking funding to enable us to intake a number of former offenders from organisations working within the criminal justice system. Funding will range from securing premises and equipment to accreditation of our programmes. Our belief is that mentorship from the perspectives of former offenders is a unique initiative and hope that it will be widely welcomed and supported from within the criminal justice and offender community as a further means in reducing recidivism.

The organisation operates within the geographical areas of the West Midlands and was formed in November 2009 and focuses on the unemployed offender as a means in promoting and providing ‘flexible’ and accessible vocational and non vocational education, training and employment programmes. This also includes advice and guidance (career, health, and financial literacy) to enable community cohesion and citizenship.

B A Richards LLB (Hons) M.A.,
Interim Chair
Peoples Bureau of Education and Training