New support service for female offenders in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Action Trust (LAT) has launched its first ever programme designed to address the specific needs of female offenders.

Over 30 people from within the criminal justice system, including representatives from the Probation Service, attended the launch on Tuesday, May 23 at Lincoln Drill Hall.

During the event Sandra Chatters, Director of the Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (HLNY CRC), and Christina Hall, Director of Operations at Lincolnshire Action Trust, shared their vision for the service and discussed plans to expand it across the county.

The Women’s Services programme began establishing links with community centres across Lincolnshire in January 2017 and aims to support at least 200 women each year within their own communities.

The LAT team will be addressing female offenders’ individual needs in group and one-to-one sessions held in community centres in:

  • Lincoln
  • Boston
  • Grantham
  • Gainsborough
  • Scunthorpe
  • Skegness
  • Grimsby

Sessions will be tailored to the needs of the women in attendance and could include topics such as debt management, housing, mental health and positive relationships.

Christina said: “Historically our community-based work has supported women affected by the imprisonment or prosecution of a partner, father or brother, so to be able to help female offenders through this funding partnership with HLNY CRC is a new and exciting opportunity for us.

“We share a vision to help offenders use their rehabilitation time effectively to gain new skills and repair their confidence so they can make a lasting change.”

For more information about Lincolnshire Action Trust and its women’s services visit the website.