|Local reach||Cornwall and Devon|
Through peer mentoring bthechange supports first time offenders and their families at the pre-sentence stage of the criminal justice system. At post-conviction, they deliver behavioural change programmes to clients.
Clients self-refer, having received details from the six Devon & Cornwall Police custody centres. Support is offered within 6 hours of contact by the individual. Initial support can be simply to help them understand what the criminal justice process is and what they are likely to experience. Through a ‘care plan’ the work then is to understand what each individual needs to build a more positive life in the future. This can take the form of help to find accommodation, training, or employment. Clients are also assisted to engage in a healthier lifestyle either through specialist support services or through sport.