Changing Lives delivers a range of projects that support people involved in the Criminal Justice System. We believe that individuals become involved in the Criminal Justice System for a complex range of reasons. Understanding this and the process of desistance will enable the design and delivery of more effective rehabilitation and resettlement services.
Our services are underpinned by Changing Lives model of Theory of Change which underpins all of our services. The theory, which was co-produced with the people we work with, recognises that each stage is equally important to ensure sustained wellbeing, move-on from services and a fulfilling, flourishing life:
- Being; A person needs to make sense of their past, the trauma they may have experienced to be able to begin to contemplate the challenging process of change. A person needs to have hope that they can change their story and develop a different sense of self and identity
- Becoming; A person needs to have their basic needs met such as having somewhere safe and secure to live and enough funds to purchase the basic essentials if they are to begin to make change. They need access to services such as education and training to develop their resources and skills
- Belonging; People need to be welcomed by families, wider communities and employers if they are to sustain longer term desistance. They need access to opportunities to develop their strengths and aspirations if they are to belong and become fully contributing citizens
We are always seeking to expand our work and looking for talented individuals to join our teams and enable the people we work with to make positive changes. If you are interested in working in our Justice Services and your values and thinking aligns with CL theory of change, then please keep checking our website for opportunities.