Caritas Care in Preston gets funding for its ACE project

ACE project has secured funding for the next three years. Left to right: Charles Gayle, Project Worker; Sharon Smith, ACE Project Manager; Liz Snape, Project Worker; Dale Tomlinson, Head of Community Services; Ruth Duggan,  Admin Officer; Jude OConner, Project Worker
ACE project has secured funding for the next three years. Left to right: Charles Gayle, Project Worker; Sharon Smith, ACE Project Manager; Liz Snape, Project Worker; Dale Tomlinson, Head of Community Services; Ruth Duggan, Admin Officer; Jude OConner, Project Worker
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Caritas Care’s Assisted Community Engagement (ACE) Project, Based in Preston, has been successful in securing Lottery money to support ex-offenders as they leave prison.

ACE has more than 12 years’ experience of supporting people to resettle within their communities after serving sentences and has built excellent links with partner organisations who work together to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Sharon Smith, ACE Project Manager said: “We are delighted we can continue and develop our work for a further three years to promote positive attitudes and enable individuals to rebuild their lives. It is a massive relief to those currently using the service who say they would be lost without us.

“The Project introduced the notion of peer led support three years ago which resulted in the formation of the Men After Prison (MAP) which has become a driving force in providing peer led support and solutions. We recognise female ex-offenders’ needs often differ from those of male ex-offenders. ACE is working to ensure that we meet their needs by developing our model of support to reflect their different needs.

“We recognise our volunteers and the generous time they give to provide invaluable person centred support. Without them, we simply could not achieve the successes we do and for this we extend our wholehearted thanks.

"ACE are looking forward to helping to support individuals with their rehabilitation back into the community over the next three years of funding, and will continue to work closely with agencies in order to become more sustainable."

To find out more about the project supporting people leaving prison or to become one of our team of volunteers, visit www.caritascare.org.uk or call 01772 732313.

For a previous story on ACE's work with MAP click here /a-blooming-ace-group-as-members-transform-their-lives-for-the-better-1-8056373