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Since 2006 the Wise Group has developed mentoring services for people serving short term prison sentences and on release. The mentors build trusting relationships with customers, meet them at the prison gate and support them to resolve practical issues on release. The mentors work to reintegrate people with their families and communities.
The unique aspect of this work is that we have recruited over half the mentors with lived experience of the justice system. The mentors are role models and personal advocates on behalf of their customers with support agencies such as housing, health and welfare benefits.
Among the programmes we currently deliver are: