At Sova BeNCH Mentoring Services we support adults who are serving custody or community sentences.

We work together with our service users to support them in their successful re-integration into society and reduce re-offending by motivating and encouraging them to make positive choices.

The mentoring service can support individuals with finding a job, putting together a CV and preparing for a job interview. This is in addition to tackling barriers such as relationships, isolation, low self-esteem and motivation that are in their way of achieving their integration goals.

All of our volunteers are fully trained and supported.  Sova BeNCH Mentoring Services is funded by the Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BeNCH CRC). For further information please contact Grace Harland. 

Georgia, one of our Case Officers, has been working with a participant, supporting them with their personal wellbeing; decreasing their feelings of isolation through looking into appropriate hobbies and activities outside of work and generally ‘getting life back on track’. The service user didn’t enjoy their job and wanted to look for something else, in addition to taking up photography as a hobby. Georgia and the service user also worked on getting their possessions back from a previous address, as well as gaining accommodation after being taken off the housing register.

Over the 4 months Georgia and the service user worked together, he successfully got a new job in the area he wanted to work in and was also carrying out voluntary work alongside this, in addition to taking up photography as a new hobby. They worked on appeals and letters to the local council so that he was accepted onto the housing list. He is now happily moved in and enjoying regular social visits to neighbouring flats.

Georgia checked in with the service user 3 months after their last session and the participant advised her that they had redecorated their flat, had remained abstinent, was still actively involved with photography, still engaged with RESOLVE providing peer mentoring and his SAD syndrome attacks had now abated and were no longer a factor in his life. He said that he looks upon his involvement with Sova as possibly the most positive influence on his life to date.  

I am thankful for the support I received from Sova