Pecan are very pleased to announce that its Moving On programme has been awarded the Approved Provider Standard (APS) by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation for its work with young female ex-offenders leaving prison and returning to London. The APS report found that “the project is well managed, effective, and demonstrates high client satisfaction, very much in line with Pecan’s mission”. Five clients came along to the Pecan office in Peckham to be interviewed about their experience of the programme, and said ‘If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be in a good place’, and ‘they change people’s lives…they are like heroes to me’.
The programme has been running since July 2012, and is now at the end of it’s funding with The Big Lottery. Pecan has secured a grant with the Henry Smith Trust to continue the work in a reduced capacity for the time being, however they are searching for new funding to further sustain the work. The new Project Manager, Katie Kelly, says ‘this is an exciting time for us. We have the opportunity to continue and develop our work with this courageous group of women, and I look forward to making contact with other agencies as we move forward’. The service has moved from mentoring and is now focused on delivering a Resettlement Coaching programme. The programme offers up to 12 one-to-one coaching sessions, which are gender-specific, trauma informed and client led. These are provided to young female ex-offenders (aged between 18-25) resettling in London. The programme is currently operating in HMP Holloway, and works with women both in prison and in the community. For more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.