Following the developments on the COVID 19 crisis, we are not currently able to see our clients face-to-face. However, mentors who are currently assigned a client in the community are continuing with indirect support (text/phone) only. For those of our clients pre-release, we are fortunate to have a close relationship with HMP Ford, which allows us to keep in touch with our clients and friends there, by way of email messages sent from our team and liaison with the chaplaincy.
We would like to thank our funders, and in particular Awards for All and Sussex Community Foundation, for continuing to support us in allowing their funding to be used in alternative ways, to meet the demands of these exceptional times.
West Sussex High Sheriff Fund at Sussex Community Foundation
We are delighted to report that we have received a grant award from the High Sheriff Fund. The High Sheriff has visited HMP Ford a number of times, including giving a talk to the men at one of the groups run from the chaplaincy. Thank you so much for this award, in recognition of the work we are doing with those leaving prison.
We are delighted to report that, having completed the first phase of our volunteer training programme, our first volunteer has been introduced to a client leaving HMP Ford to settle in West Sussex. Our volunteer Dave has met the client and will be providing support through the process of settling into a new community, helping to build relationships. The team has already helped this client find a job and a place to live. We are so grateful to our funders, without whose support we could not operate.
Sussex Community Foundation Award
November 2019 – We are delighted to have been awarded funds from the Sussex Community Foundation, enabling us to equip our volunteers and to provide support for people leaving prison.
Over the past quarter our Volunteer Coordinator has been training a group of men and women with a heart for helping those leaving prison, to get alongside men and women resettling in our area, befriending and mentoring them. These relationships are so important to the resettlement process and we are excited to now have opportunities to work with a greater number of clients as a result of this increase in our resources.
Community Fund Award
July 2019 – We are delighted to have been awarded funds from the National Lottery community Fund, enabling us to recruit and train a team of volunteers to provide resettlement support for people leaving prison.
Ford Forward wins £1,000 Movement for Good award
June 2019 – Ford Forward Community Chaplaincy has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public. The award will fund the recruitment and training of volunteer mentors and befrienders to engage with an increasing number of prisoners who are expressing the need for support as their release dates draw near.