Improving ex-offenders lives: Identifying the barriers and facilitators of working in partnership with other services
Equitable Place-Based Health and Care (EPBH&C)
Upon their release, prison leavers are faced with a wide range of barriers that have a negative impact on their physical and mental health and could also lead to re-offending. Lack of continuity of care, employment barriers, social stigma, substance misuse and lack of secure accommodation are some of the barriers identified in the literature.
The United Together project began in 2019 as a joint initiative between Active Lancashire, the Cumbria Lancashire Community Rehabilitation Company, and seven Community Football Trusts. The rationale behind the project is that participation in sport and physical activity not only has a positive impact on physical and mental health, but also can positively contribute in other areas such as reducing reoffending through education, training and employment.
To get a better understanding of why the project has been successful, we would like to explore the implementation and delivery process. Specifically, we would like to explore the following research questions:
- How has the project been implemented across Lancashire and how delivery partners worked together in facilitating the delivery of the project?
- What are the key elements that make it successful? Identify the barriers and enablers to the partnership-working in the project and understanding the value of this partnership?
- Is the project sustainable and easily replicated in other areas?
Public Advisers’ involvement
We are looking for two public advisers with an interest or a direct knowledge of the Criminal Justice system to join our team consisting of ARC-NWC staff, researchers and Active Lancashire staff.
In this role, you will work closely with the project team to develop the research proposal and provide feedback on any relevant matters arising from the research activities.
Role and responsibilities
As a public adviser, you will be expected to:
- Attend at least one meeting per month
- Offer constructive feedback as appropriate and take an active role within group discussions.
- Read through information and documents sent in advance of meetings
The aim is for this work to be undertaken between July and Autumn 2020.
Payment and training
We think this work will involve around 5 hours of your time. Payments will be in line with the ARC-NWC policy - £50 per meeting where preparation is required and £25 per meeting if there is no preparation. Payments will be paid via the ARC NWC’s payment process and procedure. You will receive an induction and ongoing support from the research team to enable you to carry out the role.
If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Iliana Makri at [email protected]
How to apply?
If you would like to take part in this project, please send a short paragraph about yourself and why you are interested to [email protected] by Monday 14th June 2021.
If more than two Public Advisers apply for the role, Active Lancashire will decide based on applicants’ expression of interest.