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Testimonials

In2Out values partnerships with others. We do not try to replace the role or function of other statutory service providers or other charitable endeavours but provide post-release support in collaboration with others. This extends beyond HMYOI Wetherby - our 'home' prison - to a network of contacts within other establishments as well as the wider youth justice statutory organisations including youth offending teams, probation services, statutory services and local authorities. Our approach to mentoring and resettlement is recognised as a model that works, with others encouraging its replication across a wider area and other YOIs.

"I have witnessed the impact having a Mentor from In2Out has had upon those leaving custody and returning to the community. In2Out are passionate about supporting positive outcomes for children who leave custody. As a result, those children who seek the support of In2Out are more likely to remain in the community and not return to custody.

In my view, In2Out staff are kind, supportive and passionate about supporting children leaving custody. They never give up and go the extra mile, which in my view makes a difference."

Social Work Team Manager - HMYOI Wetherby

Staff have always been helpful and supportive and with shared aims, including the improvement of resettlement outcomes for children leaving custody, it has allowed us to provide mutual support. In2Out have been guest speakers at events the consortium have organised, to share their approach with a wider audience.

However the overriding success of In2Out is the care and attention they pay to the young people they work with. Their approach to supporting and engaging young people during their time in custody and then supporting them through their resettlement, is vital for some young people who don't have family support. Mentors from In2Out are prepared to try a variety of methods to support young people and to help them secure positive outcomes."

Joanne Sykes - South and West Yorkshire Resettlement Consortium

"I have worked at Wetherby for a lot of years and was always impressed with the level of support they [In2Out] offer our children and believed for a long time this should be increased.

We have wanted some form of pre-release programme for the Keppel Unit for a long time and were over the moon when this was arranged. The reactions that we've had from the lads has been magnificent and these have ranged from small to massive improvements to confidence around release.

We work, day-in, day-out, with the lads and sometimes forget how much pressure there is on them when they are released. This became apparent to me in a simple way with the example of an 18-year-old who could not cook or tie his shoelaces. When he finished his course, he could!"

Warren Wilman, Head of the Keppel Unit, HMYOI Wetherby,  

"The young people appear to enjoy the 1-1 time prior to release. It offers them the opportunity to develop skills for independence and a safe place to air any concerns they have for release. The through-the-gate support that they receive through the mentors is also invaluable and offers the young people an opportunity to seek alternative lifestyles upon release."

Senior Social Worker,

Keppel Unit, HMYOI Wetherby

"You make In2Out look a very attractive place to work which can do some real good..."

Tenancy Sustainment Officer

"Great to know your service exists and helps vulnerable clients transition and resettle back into a very strange world."

Substance Misuse Worker

"[The Mentor] was my first experience of working with someone from In2Out and he has been amazing. It was clear that he had a really good relationship with [the participant]. After 17 years of working with high-risk murderers and sex offenders [he] was a professional guide to me when I started working for the YOS team - he was invaluable."

Participant's probation worker