Working with prisoners before they are released from Addiewell, Barlinnie, Cornton Vale, Dumfries, Polmont Young Offenders Institution, Kilmarnock and Greenock, and for a number of weeks after, the Wise Group’s Routes out of Prison project helps prisoners acquire the life, social and employment skills they need to rejoin society.
The Wise Group employs Life Coaches, many of whom themselves have a background of offending, and are using their experiences in turning their lives around to help other ex-offenders.
- provide a confidential support service to prisoners returning to Glasgow, Lanarkshire, North Strathclyde and South West Scotland
- work with prisoners serving sentences of between three months and four years for about four weeks before they leave prison
- prepare an action plan for release including arranging for assistance with housing; debt, money and benefits advice; health and addiction; training, education and work experience
- continue to provide one to one support to clients after release from prison to support them achieve the life, social and employment skills needed.
Participation in the Routes out of Prison project is offered to prisoners serving sentences of between three months and four years in the prisons mentioned above.
To find out more about how you, or a friend or family member, could participate, please contact 0141 303 3131.
In partnership with the Scottish Prison Service, Apex Scotland and Families Outside, the project has had a direct impact in the reduction of ex-offenders re-offending and increased employment levels and reconnected families.
Routes out of Prison works from offices based in Charlotte Street in Glasgow, Gauze Street in Paisley, Flemington Business Park in Motherwell and Portland Gate in Kilmarnock.