In Communities

Khulisa delivers intervention programmes in community settings and provides mentoring to ex-offenders to help them reintegrate into the community.

My Path

My Path is an intensive wellbeing programme for young people tackling homelessness, addiction, leaving prison, poverty, poor mental health or a combination of challenges. It was developed from Khulisa’s original programme, Silence The Violence, which supports prisoners in their rehabilitation journey. The programme is led by therapeutically-trained facilitators who support participants to better understand and manage their emotions, change behaviour and increase the likelihood of sustained engagement with support services.

The programme uses a unique blend of restorative techniques and trauma-informed methodologies. It is an intensive, high-impact course, made up of 10 modules usually run over 3 to 5 days, incorporating both individual and group therapy. It is followed-up with 1:1 support and can involve additional group work and ‘booster’ sessions.

Milestones Mentoring

Khulisa’s Milestones Mentoring is a through-the-gate mentoring programme for prisoners in the North West, providing intensive resettlement support from 6 months pre-release, to 6 to 12 months post-release. The programme offers support during a prisoner’s transition back into the community, focusing on issues and challenges the individual may experience during their licence conditions. 

The aims of the programme are:

  • To give young men the opportunity to prepare fully for their release
  • To increase opportunities for education, employment and training
  • To raise self-esteem and self-confidence
  • To nurture better relationships between families (if appropriate), young people and the community
  • To reduce re-offending

Selection Criteria

Prisoners who are released within the North West area have to meet Khulisa’s ‘participant profile’ to be considered eligible for the mentoring programme. An initial assessment explores areas where support is needed, as well as the individual’s motivation to engage with mentoring and desire to use new strategies and coping skills to enhance their futures. The individual is then matched with one of Khulisa’s trained volunteer mentors.

Impact

During 2018, 52 participants received support through the Milestones Mentoring programme. Out of these 52:

  • 87% completed six months or more of the programme and did not re-offend.
  • 3 out of 5 mentees with experience of family breakdown as a result of their prison sentence re-engaged with family while supported by a Milestones mentor.
  • 54% of mentees successfully secured accommodation, benefits, education or employment after the programme.

The programme is recognised with the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation’s Approved Provider Standard and in 2011 received a prestigious Butler Trust Award.

"I just feel like I’m up against the system, housing benefits and no-one is listening. But you just seem to sort my head out and get people to listen to me. I mean it’s not a massive thing to everyone else, but to me it’s massive because I just couldn't cope with everything at once." Milestones Mentoring participant, 2016

Collaboration

Khulisa works with partner organisations in the North West to implement effective and sustainable change for the individual during custody and after release from prison. Probation case managers are an integral part of the offender’s journey and are the main referral pathway for Khulisa’s Milestones Mentoring programme. They recognise that Milestones Mentoring can help offenders explore their past experiences in a non-judgemental, inclusive environment, and make positive changes to their behaviour.

"It's like having a big sister around on the other end of the phone or to meet up for a coffee when I get stressed out and want to just walk away from everything."

For more information about our Milestones Mentoring programme, please contact mentoring@khulisa.co.uk.