Sova’s Lincolnshire Offender Mentoring project was held up as an example of best practice at the Probation Institute Centre of Excellence conference in Lincoln in January.
Sova Volunteer Co-ordinator Helen Walsh and Support Officer Nicola O’Brien joined colleagues from Humberside, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company to present the project and the benefits of mentoring.
The CRC Business Development Officer Derek Oliver said it had been quite a coup for the city to be chosen to host this key workshop to more than 45 probation service delegates from throughout the country.
“The backdrops of the cathedral, marina and University showed off Lincoln at its best,” he said.
Probation’s Tracey Bennett, who is Lead Middle Manager for the LOM project, led a multi-agency team in the design and delivery of the mentoring workshop. Its success was testament to the commitment of colleagues from Sova, Safer Communities, the University of Lincoln, the Together Women Project and the CRC to create such an excellent programme.
The introductory presentation gave a strong image of the development, implementation and success of HLNY CRC’s mentoring provision in Lincolnshire.
This was followed up by a ‘world cafe’ event where team members acted as facilitators to groups of delegates, to stimulate discussion on the development of mentoring and peer mentoring services.
The University of Lincoln is formulating a final report on the workshop and the team members are bracing themselves for follow-up enquiries from as far away as Hampshire in the South to Cumbria in the North.
Both CRC CEO Martin Davies and Director Jackie Green had taken time out of their busy schedules to support the event.
“It was very clear this was a well prepared-for event, which was delivered incredibly well. It was clear from the feedback session that it provoked useful discussion, and great that they came to Lincoln!” said Jackie.
The team members are bracing themselves for follow-up enquiries from as far away as Hampshire in the South to Cumbria in the North and the final report on the workshop can be read here.
HLNY CRC CRC Business Development Officer Derek Oliver addresses the Probation Institute conference