Care After Prison (CAP) is a national peer led criminal justice charity supporting people affected by imprisonment, current and former offenders and their families.
We are here for you……..
Click above to find out about our services……. the Community Support Scheme (CSS), Peer Mentoring Services & Support, Post Release Community Support, Prison In Reach and Family Support – our Freephone number is 1800 839 970
“Hi, my name is Jason, I work with CAP and I have two roles, as a Peer Mentor and a Community Support Worker”
The role of a Mentor
As a mentor I work with individuals who are released from prison. As somebody with experience of imprisonment I know only too well the difficulties and challenges faced upon release. In my role as peer mentor, I meet the person upon release and first have a general conversation to build up rapport between each other and hopefully in time build trust. The key role for me is to listen. People released from prison feel as though they have never been listened to before.
The role of a Community Support Worker
As a support worker, I work with former offenders who are trying to rehabilitate & reintegrate back into society. We work with individuals who have recently been released and /or those who are living in the community but struggling to resettle.
We also receive referrals from a wide range of other agencies.
My job is to provide support to clients who find it hard to adapt due to challenges arising from a range of underlying issues such as addiction, homelessness, unemployment, and a lack of training and education. As someone with lived experience of imprisonment, rapport and trust often enable my working relationships with clients in the pursuit of effective reintegration.
Sometimes the first step is the hardest, we understand that so if you are seeking support, information, advice or referral to other services, CAP is here for you – call us on our Freephone LIne 1800 839 970, our team are here for you and your family. It is a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space.
Care After Prison is not permitted to work with those involved in the criminal justice sector for crimes relating to a sexual nature, including:
- those convicted of any nature of a sex offence
- those on remand and awaiting trial for a sex offence
- those on bail for charges of a sexual nature
- those having been charged with a sex offence
- anyone before the courts on sex offences.