Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Patron of Catch22, toured Doncaster prison and saw at first hand examples of innovation and best practice in a custodial setting.
During her visit Peter Jones (Service Manager) described Catch22's innovative approach to offender management and community re-entry support. The approach in Doncaster is unique because Catch22 provide support on the transition from prison to community life in the service user’s home town.
Catch22 case managers work in the community, alongside Integrated Offender Management Teams comprising of Police, Probation and drug and alcohol teams. This relationship is vital for sharing information and offering reactive support when it is most needed.
Case managers provide high intensity support in the first weeks after release. Volunteer mentors are then encouraged to take a lead role in befriending the service user moving them steadily away from involvement from criminal justice services. During her visit Her Royal Highness met with Senior Case Managers Pete Cooper and Kerry Hemingway, spoke to Catch22 volunteer John Beebe, and saw Case Manager Laura Pickering delivering a resettlement course with eight offenders receiving support from Catch22.
Before departing HMP Doncaster, the Princess took the opportunity to meet staff from around the prison and was introduced to members of the Catch22 Doncaster Team:
- Jenny Dear
- Ellie Capes
- Martin Mullins
- Andrew Lyle
- Liz Ellis
- Sian Hartburn
- Beverly Jackson
Find out more about Catch22's work in Doncaster prison.