Our Work: Mentoring and Resettlement
In2Out provides ‘through-the-gate’ support, with our mentors beginning working with participants whilst they are still in custody, typically between 3 to 6 months prior to release.
Mentors also attend meetings to advocate for the participant with statutory bodies and local service providers, in order that they are represented and gain access to the care packages available to them. Mentors ensure that obligations are fulfilled with regard to participants' entitlement and seek to fill gaps where provision has not been made. They also support young people to comply with Court or Prison Orders.
In2Out Mentors support participants in:
Life Skills - Teaching basic life skills mainly but not exclusively through our Life Skills Challenge on the Keppel Complex Needs Unit at HMYOI Wetherby. Life Skills support is also offered to participants post-release.
First Steps - Ensuring basic needs are met on release from custody.
Building for the Future - In2Out Mentors support participants in finding employment, education or training opportunities, preparing CVs, completing applications and practising interviews.
Relationships - Helping develop social skills. In2Out Mentors support participants in identifying and engaging in new social opportunities such as volunteering, joining a gym or sports club, or a faith community. They can also help, where appropriate, with family reconciliation and the reconnection of meaningful communication.
Thinking Smarter - Participants are helped to identify and manage triggers to offending behaviour with the aim of finding a better response to challenging situations. In2Out Mentors support them in developing thinking and problem-solving skills and help build confidence and resilience seen in a more positive attitude and growing trust.
Currently, there are 5 mentors, 2 are full-time and 3 are part-time, mainly covering Yorkshire and Humber, the North West and the North East. Each of the mentors enable In2Out to support participants more effectively with local knowledge of services and providers, meaning that we can be more responsive to participants’ needs, as well as reducing travel times and costs.