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We look at the bigger picture

People within the criminal justice system may find themselves in that situation for a number of reasons.

A person's life shouldn't be defined by the worst thing they have done.

Who are we?

C2C Social Action  (commonly known as C2C)  works with individuals at any stage of the criminal justice system. We support, inspire and motivate them to move forward with their lives, and contribute positively to society. We work with women across Northamptonshire, and both women and men on projects in Milton Keynes.

Why we do it...

80%

Around 80% of individuals who were convicted or cautioned in 2018/19 already received at least one previous conviction or caution.  

£18bn

The current estimate of the total cost of reoffending is £18bn each year...

Reoffending is a serious, and expensive problem, not only effecting individuals and families but every community.

“Reoffending weakens public confidence in the criminal justice system’s ability to deal with offenders. It also has a significant financial cost, not only to the criminal justice system, but to wider society"

*A Smarter Approach to Sentencing [White Paper], Ministry of Justice, September 2020.

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Women Centred

Our female service users are some of the most vulnerable people in society, with multiple complex needs and experiencing social isolation.

Their mental health needs could include anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders. Many will be victims of crime and have experienced childhood trauma, domestic violence, or perhaps even both.  

A criminal record, a history of addiction, homelessness and a lack of self-confidence and self-belief means that few of our women believe someone would give them another chance.

About our services

In our Northampton women’s centre and allotment project; our Kettering women’s centre; and remotely, our support workers work one-to-one with service users to address the real-life causes of offending. We work alongside probation, NHS England, and multiple other statutory and voluntary agencies providing specialist support to help service users begin to move forward with their lives.

In 2020 we took on our first project in Milton Keynes, outside of Northamptonshire. We now work with women and men given Community Sentence Treatment Requirements (CSTRs) as an alternative to custody. We also run the Reconnect program and support the mental health of prison leavers being released into the town.

Therapeutic projects such as gardening or sewing can help the service users learn new skills, and give them a confidence boost and a meaningful way to spend their time. 

Group therapy

For some individuals, their journey to rehabilitation starts with discovering their self-esteem, motivation and a sense of purpose.  

Our Impact

Service User

“Since coming to the allotment each week, I have noticed my mood improve and I now have something to look forward to.” 

Service User

“Just having someone who’s not blood show care towards me and not belittle me, made me not want to let any of you down. In turn it made me build myself to a point where I don’t want to let myself down now either.”

Service User

“The staff helped me look in the mirror every morning and say ‘I can do this, I want to be better, I am worth it’. I started to believe it.” 

 In our experience, addressing the underlying causes stands the best chance of ending the cycle of reoffending. 

“We know what helps people escape the vicious cycle of crime: a job, a home, and substance misuse treatment.” 

*A Smarter Approach to Sentencing [White Paper], Ministry of Justice, September 2020.

Support C2C

We receive statutory funding for our work with Probation and NHS England, and are enormously grateful for the support given by grant funders, the public and our volunteers.

 

We want to expand our activities to reach more individuals. If you want to help change lives and create safer, stronger communities, please consider supporting us.

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A huge thank you to our volunteers who totalled 1370 hours supporting C2C so far in 2023!

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