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Project helps former criminals stop offending after Commissioner’s investment

15 August, 2019

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw has heard how funding from his fund dedicated to tackling reoffending and helping make sure those leaving the prison system get out of a life of crime, has supported a project helping ex-offenders reintegrate into the community.

The joint project between Delphi Medical, Horizon Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service and Mulberry Community Project Blackpool, works to support ex-offenders on the Fylde coast whose offending has at least in part been driven by substance misuse.

This is done through group and 1 to 1 support from Mulberry Community Project with other support including referrals to specialist services, links into community activities and other networks, in addition to the safe and stable accommodation.

The Commissioner met the team delivering the project, along with some people who have benefited from the support being provided to move away from substance misuse and meant they have moved away from sometimes prolific offending.

He said:

“It was really inspirational to hear stories from people taking part in this and making a positive change in their lives, with support from this project and the other fantastic work being done across Blackpool by the Horizon team, Delphi Medical and Mulberry Community Project.

“A safe and reliable place to live is such an important part of making this change and this project takes into account that recovering from substance abuse is a journey which needs help and support along the way.

“This is a clear example of how my Reducing Reoffending Fund is making a real difference within the Blackpool community but also across Lancashire, in our neighbourhoods and in the lives of the people who live there.

“Tackling crime and reoffending is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan and by working with partners to support the delivery of these projects we are delivering value for money, whilst helping people turn their lives around. ”

Keith Stevenson, Founder, Mulberry Community Project said: “This is a real example of how multi-agency working can help the most disadvantaged in Blackpool. It not only helps reduce reoffending but helps rebuild people’s lives and sets them on course for a productive satisfying life without mind altering substances and all the misery that causes both to the individual person and their families. We find that we are rebuilding people and Blackpool in a very positive way.”

Paul who has benefited from the project which received funding through the Reducing Reoffending Fund said: The Mulberry Project, specifically the Low Dose House, saved my life. On 26th Feb 2019 I was discharged from hospital and had 24 hours to stay clean of illegal substances and to get into the low dose house.
“I was a prolific offender and literally a day or 2 away from living on the streets. Without the low dose house I would have been in prison, offending or dead by now. Mulberry and the low dose house are exactly what Blackpool needs. They saved my life and others before me.”

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