Because we know that release from prison can be a challenging time and that students will have many issues to deal with – including housing, employment and re-connecting with family - we provide specialist ‘Through the Gate’ (TTG) Information Advice and Guidance (IAG), advocacy and practical support to students. We offer proactive support to both the student and the university to ensure that the transition from distance learning to attending university in person is smooth and seamless. This includes training in digital literacy skills and advice about accommodation and funding. We also explore options for access to student accommodation on campus, subject to appropriate risk assessment and probation approval.
We have been there.
One of our key methods of support after release is the provision of a peer-led mentoring service for students, which we co-ordinate. This is delivered by volunteers who have all studied in prison themselves and who have successfully negotiated hurdles after release. We recruit and train these volunteers from our own student base, building up a network around the country. Students have already told us that this support is highly valued, and we have partnerships with other agencies which offer similar peer-led services to ensure that volunteers receive appropriate training themselves.
Our Peer Mentoring support is now available via referral from Maximus. Speak to your Probation Officer or DWP Restart worker to make a referral.
We want you to succeed.
If you have already started your studies in prison, we will support you to complete your degree.
We provide advocacy and support to apply to study on campus with the university you are registered with. This may involve making disclosure statements and going through a rigorous admissions process. We have plenty of experience with this and can guide you through the process.
We know it isn't easy, but doing it right will allow you to focus on your studies and achieve the goals you have been aiming for.