Opportunities to support local prison projects

A key aim of CS Local North West is to deliver CS Vision in the areas where we live and work. This means supporting our customers in different ways using more modern and flexible approaches. Our customer-facing projects bring together cross-departmental teams to deliver help, advice and support to the people who need it the most.

The ‘Going Forward’ project works with offenders in local prisons to improve their employability and life skills. The volunteers (Going Forward Project Team) will design and deliver sessions which will focus on;

  • Presentation skills
  • Communication
  • Behaviour in the work place
  • How to write a CV
  • Job interview techniques
  • Managing money and a household budget

The overall aim is to help bring down the rate of re-offending in our area by improving their chances of finding a job when they are released but also giving you the opportunity to develop new skills in a different environment whilst working as part of a cross-government team.

Between July 2018 and March 2019 we are running projects across the following prisons:

  • HMP Thorncross (Warrington)
  • HMP Kirkham (Blackpool)
  • HMP Styal (Manchester)
  • HMP Hindley (Wigan)
  • HMP Haverigg (Barrow / Millom)

We want to continue a rolling programme into 2019, so we are always looking for new people to volunteer. We want people from a range of Departments so that we can share ideas and work collaboratively together to develop these sessions.

This opportunity is open to people from all grades and departments, but we will require a minimum time commitment of 10-12 days over a 3-6 month period.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, or want to discuss further please contact;

Heather Richardson –

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  1. Comment by Liz Morris posted on

    I have just taken part in the going forward project at Thorn Cross in Warrington and found it really rewarding. Didn't want it to end.
    I was apprehensive at first but the whole experience has been completely worth every minute and I would encourage anyone to take part if they can.

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      Comment by Paul Bruzzese posted on

      Liz - Glad you found the whole experience so worthwhile. I think most people are surprised at what they draw out of events where they work directly with citizens. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the experience.


  2. Comment by Alison Porter posted on

    I have just taken part in the event at Styal prison Manchester, this is the first time it has been held at a women's prison. Both the prisoners and the staff involved did not want it to end. The first few days were very difficult, but by the second week it was a lot easier, I have taken so much from this project and would recommend the opportunity to anybody.

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      Comment by Paul Bruzzese posted on

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the experience with us. Hopefully it will inspire more people to engage in these worthwhile projects. It's great when people take the time to let others know that they have gained so much personally too.