Mentors wanted to help female offenders in South Yorkshire

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A children’s charity is calling for more women to act as mentors in South Yorkshire to help young female offenders move away from lives of crime.

Spurgeons, which delivers the ‘Sisters project’ on behalf of the Prison Service, provides female offenders aged 15-24 with a mentor for three to six months before their release from prison or youth offenders institutions and for a further 12 months in the community once released.

Official 2010 figures from the Ministry of Justice showed that 45 per cent of women leaving prison are convicted again within a year.

But the charity’s own figures show 96 per cent of offenders on the programme have not gone on to re-offend once partnered with a mentor.

The Sisters project allows the offenders to be met and picked up from prison gates on release and helps them access accommodation, education, employment, training and health services, financial issues.

Mentors would be expected to offer two hours a week to any offender they are paired with.

To find out more, contact the Sisters team on 0121 638 0924 or visit www.spurgeons.org/sistersproject.