Reductions in reoffending reduce the number of future victims of crime and save the taxpayer the costs of imprisonment

98% of people currently detained in prisons in England and Wales will be released back into the community and research shows that maintaining quality social ties contribute to a reduction in reoffending.  New Bridge Befriending contributes to a reduction in the reoffending rates amongst people in prison who have no other opportunities to maintain social relationships.

I know I have so much regret and remorse for my victims so to be given a way of building new bridges with people – it’s a way forward

Purposeful activity in prison aids rehabilitation and New Bridge befriending may sometimes be the sole catalyst for people to engage with activities, work and therapies whilst serving their sentence.

R** has joined an art & design course and has mentioned how it is going well and claims he is really enjoying it and achieving more than he thought he would. I think he has found something really engaging for him

People in prison are less likely to be in stable relationships and more likely to experience family and relationship breakdown, their education is likely to have been highly disrupted and they suffer much poorer mental health than the general population.  Befriending provides stability, contributes to improved literacy skills and improves emotional health and wellbeing.

Being in touch with a New Bridge volunteer has given me a new lease of life.  From being so down and depressed to gaining confidence from my volunteer making me smile is the biggest achievement.  I’ve been helped to push forward with ideas I’ve had like writing a children’s book.  I would like to work as a volunteer as I fully realise now just what you can gain from interaction with another human being when locked up in prison