Matthew was concerned that proposed changes to the Probation Service would have an adverse impact on the role of social enterprises within the rehabilitation agenda and was therefore invited to put his concerns directly to the Minster.
Matthew said “ I am so grateful Debbie invited me to this event. It was an amazing opportunity to raise my concerns directly with the Minster and I spent at least 10 minutes talking to him about the role of REACH and the positive impact it has on the lives of offenders and communities."
Debbie continued “ People often criticise non custodial sentances however community payback makes a huge difference. For low level offenders prison is costly and often detrimental, whilst community payback benefits local communities in a positive way and actually benefits the tax payer, as in the case of the replacement post on The Old Common”
Debbie as an ex Prison Governor really appreciates the role REACH has in changing offending behaviour patterns which will benefit the community and was really pleased she was able to help them