We have centres in Northampton, Kettering and Milton Keynes. We work with women and men on projects in Northampton in Milton Keynes and women in Kettering.
In our dealings with clients, we work with the Criminal Justice System, never against it, and are committed to working in partnership with statutory and non-statutory organisations.
C2C is a charity founded on Christian ethos and values. However, we want to promote and ensure inclusive access to all our services. We are here for people of all faiths (or none) age, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, and abilities.
We support approximately 20 women a week through our drop-in service on Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm, where a light lunch is provided as well as activities and a listening ear.
Support is available around benefits, housing, children, safety, money, debt, health and police or courts involvement. Trained staff and volunteers work alongside onsite specialist agencies to provide advice there and then as well as ongoing 1-1 work if required.
As well as providing therapeutic wellbeing services such as crafts and gardening, We also provide a free clothes and food bank, internet access and computers to use and play area for young children.
In partnership with The National Probation Service & BeNCH CRC we deliver Rehabilitation Activity Requirements, Mental Health Treatment Requirements and Unpaid Work Orders (Community Payback).
We support 175 women per year delivering community orders as an alternative to custodial sentences. This enables them to address underlying issues they may be dealing with and encourages them to make positive life choices moving forward.
We deliver gender specific, trauma-informed courses which help women work through events experienced and supports them through the recovery process. These courses give women the tools to make better and more positive decisions going forward. Bespoke groups address specific issues such as anger management, domestic abuse, self esteem & confidence.
15 non-native English speaking ladies regularly attend our weekly classes to improve their language skills in order to integrate into the community and find employment more easily.
It is a rolling syllabus so students can start and end at any time and each learner has a bespoke learning plan enabling women of different native languages and ability to participate at the same.
C2C Artists in Residence
We run weekly art sessions. Our artists explore a range of mediums including pottery, drawing, painting and weaving. Through the summer months the project is based on our allotment site in Kingsthorpe. The sessions allow women to learn new creative skills and have time to unwind.
Since coming to the allotment each week, I have noticed my mood improve and I now have something to look forward to.
One of my joys of being supported by C2C is the indirect feeling of family that is there if you look.
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.
Men's Housing Project and Services
Our men's services are available to Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Men's Housing Project Northampton
Accommodation is provided for men who meet specific criteria only on referral from Probation or other Criminal Justice Partners.
We create a home environment where men can feel safe, begin to rebuild their lives and take steps to move forward to a life without offending behaviour. Tenancies are 6-12 months and provide a stepping stone to independent living.
Residents are offered support with benefit applications, seeking employment, accessing medical services, finding and attending courses, developing new skills and gaining confidence personally and socially. We work closely with Criminal Justice Partners to ensure license conditions and other restrictions are adhered to.
Our Support Mentors provide holistic one-to-one support for issues from debt and family issues to mental health and finding ongoing accommodation.
We provide courses in mental health, budgeting, return to work skills and healthy eating along with weekly sessions at the C2C allotment. Our houses all have gardens developed to grow fruit and vegetables as well as being a source of well-being.
The Hub opens once a week in a central Northampton location providing a drop-in centre for residents, and other men on referral who meet the specific criteria. With supervised computer access, support workers, a light meal and hot drinks, social, craft and learning opportunities, it is a one-stop shop, place of safety and support.
The Reconnect Project
Available in Milton Keynes only
Reconnect is a care after custody project provided to prison leavers and aims to ensure that the transfer into the community and health services is effective and comprehensive. Our service works in partnership with prison staff and probation services and is funded by NHS England.
The Reconnect Project provides 1-2-1 holistic support to individuals that are considered to be more vulnerable to poor health outcomes when leaving custodial environments and as a result require support with, accommodation, money management, social networks, healthy lifestyle choices and more.
Available in Milton Keynes only
The CSTR Project requires us to work alongside the Courts, The National Probation Service, IAPT and ARC to carry out Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol pre-screening assessments on offenders that are suspected to have either mental health, drugs or alcohol difficulties. If identified as suitable during the screening process and the courts award an MHTR.
We will then work alongside relevant services to provide personalised support for each to improve the long-term perspectives of service users.
C2C accept referrals from various agencies that place them into the lives of people leaving the prison system. From the moment C2C are on your case you have the opportunity to work with a holistic and caring Charity.
Some people leave prison and they are able to pick up their lives and carry on… many can’t. Hearing the weighty doors of Justice close behind you on the way out can feel like freedom or it can place you in world where you feel alien, disconnected and isolated.
I guess my very first impression of C2C was the feeling of recognition, without any prejudice. The second impression was that of dealing with a caring individual… not living with the expectations of an organisation
Please get in touch for anymore information around our centres, services and current running programmes.