The Informal Mentoring Project is a pilot project funded by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to support male ex-offenders being released from HMP Liverpool. The project staff work within HMP Liverpool to engage prisoners currently serving sentence by preparing them for release and by working with Volunteer Mentors to support the now ex-offender into positive resettlement, signposting to relevant organisations and to ultimately reduce their re-offending behaviour.
The Informal Mentoring Project works with over 40 Volunteer Mentors to support those serving short term sentences, where little support is available but re-offending rates are high and giving support to any offender who wants our support being released into the Sefton, Liverpool and Knowsley areas. The pool of Volunteer Mentors is being increased so we can offer more offenders this unique support and the Mentoring Project offers excellent training opportunities and support to all its volunteers as well as invaluable experience working with ex-offenders which can be both challenging and rewarding.
Having a criminal record isn’t necessarily a barrier to becoming a Volunteer Mentor for the project, and we positively encourage applications from those who may have a criminal record or those who have spent time in prison themselves.