On the Out – For Life Outside Prison

Get involved in with an organisation formed by people with a shared experience of prison, creating and delivering a support project that offers a direct pathway from prison into the community .

Key Information
  • On the Out – Community Interest Company that offers holistic and peer led support through a `drop in` service, staffed by trained mentors/workers who are ex – offenders. It takes the form of an informal mentoring `community`, with an emphasis on pro -social identity change and belonging for all participants
  • Network – Work directly alongside team members establishing links and working pathways with key organisations within the criminal justice and support sector within Manchester, particularly relating to homelessness, mental health and addiction.
  • Develop your skills – particularly in mentoring and support by meeting people at the prison gate and within the community, helping them to adjust to life on the outside.
  • Commitment – 2 weeks full time or 4 weeks part time negotiable with On the Out between 26th May – 19th June
  • 2 places available
Detailed Information

On the Out is a movement, set up by and for people who have experienced life in prison.  The project is independent from, but strongly supported by HMP Manchester, and offers a direct pathway from the prison into the community. Agencies within the prison are referring to the project, either in relation to men who would like to work there, or for whom support from a peer may be beneficial.

With so many aspects to the organisation you would be join the team, meeting people at the prison gate and within the community, helping them to adjust to life on the outside. There is the need to provide both practical and emotional support.

There is also a drop in at Manchester Council Homelessness Department and other locations within the community and there are other opportunities to become involved in community work.

This Third Term placement is for those who want a unique experience, working alongside ex -offenders as they support their peers, with a strongly user led ethos.  Ex-offenders are not merely volunteers-they run the project. It will also enable you to experience and familiarise yourself with support services within Manchester, particularly relating to homelessness, mental health and addiction.

We are looking for students with the following skills:

  • Empathy
  • Listening skills
  • Non – judgmental
  • Good sense of humour
  • Interest in criminal justice/marginalised communities and a desire to help.

We would particularly welcome anyone with an offending history or history of homelessness/addiction/mental health issues/marginalisation.

Further Information

On completion of this activity, students will receive a stipend payment of £30 to support with transport costs.