Akollo Foundation - Voice of the Voiceless

In taking responsibility for our actions and dealing with the consequences, we learn our greatest lessons.

Our overall vision is to rehabilitate offenders, helping them to break habits and crime cycles and resettle their lives, whilst providing support and care for inmates with HIV/AIDS.

We aim to be a first stop for ex-offenders who need help in finding work, a home, new friends and a new life. In supporting reformed offenders learning from past behaviours, we encourage achievable results and fresh starts.

Some of our main stream work is detailed here. Click the links below.

Befriending and mentoring

We run befriending schemes to support offenders in the development of reformation.

It is a basic human need to feel included. We all need company, relationships and the support of society to feel a sense of achievement and acceptance of who we are and how we live our life. Being in prison challenges this principle and can make an inmate feel rejected, neglected and alone.

We know that forming relationships encourages people to feel included and like they're making positive contribution. With befriending schemes, together with learning new skills and applications, inmates are able to redirect their energy into positive reformation; changing attitudes and perspectives towards rebuilding a future away from crime.

Befriending has shown to be influential in the development of reformation in prisons. Volunteering to befriend an inmate is a rewarding challenge. It involves commitment and time to provide a listening ear and a genuine concern for the welfare of inmates. Forming part of an inmate's ongoing development, the power of a one-to-one mentoring relationship helps to instil confidence and build self esteem for individuals struggling to identify root causes and find long term solutions for their problems.

We offer training and coaching for volunteers who wish to join our befriending scheme. Being able to help an inmate change their perspectives and rebuild their life with new skills, new attitudes and new priorities is hard work, but a rewarding act of kindness. Our volunteers are at the very heart of our work and their determination and dedication is what drives the Akollo Foundation forward.

Associated links:

www.befriending.co.uk
www.unlock.org.uk

Providing the right information

Building knowledge, taking control, supporting change.

We provide information sources, resource tools, referrals, mentoring and guidance to reformed offenders who need support in rebuilding their lives after release. A number of challenges arise after serving sentences and we offer various tools to encourage the continuous progress of reformation. From finding a new job, a new home, new friends to rebuilding life and purpose, we are here to offer guidance, support and mentoring.

We also support reformed offenders with HIV and aids; whether they require treatment, information or ongoing care.

Practical point

  • Discussing criminal records
    • How to discuss your history positively
    • Disclosure letter templates
  • Finding financial inclusion
    • Banks and financial advisors who can help you
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
    • Your rights to social rehabilitation
  • Finding employment
    • Tactics and tools to help you write your CV, get an interview and gain employment
  • Travelling abroad
    • Things you should know before you go
  • Social inclusion
    • Finding new friends

Training

Please join us. Learn new skills and support your community.

If you’re thinking of volunteering, have you considered befriending? Are you a good listener? Do you want to learn practical approaches to solving problems and encouraging change?
Our training for volunteers covers a wide spectrum of mentoring, coaching and supporting techniques to help you develop social networking, communication and listening skills.

Becoming a friend to an inmate requires courage and commitment. It is a very rewarding challenge that demands high levels of patience and dedication. With our training programmes, you’ll learn new social skills including how to bring our positivity, generate motivation and nurturing enthusiasm.

We also offer vocational training to reformed offenders who need a new focus after release. We can advise about getting out and how to rebuild your life again. We can help you develop new life skills that will boost your confidence and self reliance.

Contact us today for more information about joining our volunteer schemes or our vocational training support. Your support is very much needed and appreciated.

Law changing campaigns

Growing social commitment for change

Accepting punishment for a crime is not always about serving time followed by a rehabilitation programme. More often, it is an admission of a criminal record and time in jail for the rest of your life – no matter how long ago it was.

The government offenders’ index suggests that there are over 8 million people with convictions in the UK. In accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders’ act 1974, a criminal record will be disclosed no matter how long ago a sentence was served. This declaration, regardless of time, builds negative discrimination among communities and forces ex-offenders onto benefits rather than employment; further contributing to depression, anti-social behaviour and repeat crime cycles.

We support campaigns that encourage these laws to change in line with the best interests of reformed offenders and local societies. We seek to influence changes to legislation, policies and practices to ensure that laws do not discriminate against former inmates.

We support campaigns that breaks down community stigmas attached to those infected with HIV/AIDs, particularly in prison. We also work to better provide aid and treatment to those who need it in prisons in different countries.

Associated links:
www.disclosurecalculator.org.uk

Breaking the habit

Success is built on confidence

Breaking a habit is a personal challenge and has to come from strength within. Believing in yourself is crucial to breaking habits and making a change. Believing in yourself is knowing that you are committing to what you want to do and sticking to it. It is knowing that you can achieve success because of your own ability – even when others put you down. You are in control and have great faith in your capability, regardless of what lies in the way.

There are many ways to build your confidence and believe in yourself. At The Akollo Foundation, we have developed support programmes that encourage reformed offenders to rebuild faith in themselves and their commitment to change. Building this confidence and belief is a fundamental start to true reformation and a crucial focus for our befriending scheme and our volunteers. We encourage positive change through activities that:

  • Create specific goals
  • Realise other people's opinions are unimportant
  • Keep going
  • Don't worry about failing
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Reinforces strength and courage
  • Higlights positive potential

Self belief is further reinforced by the encouragement and support of others. We offer advice, help and information to reformed offenders as they rebuild belief in themselves and their positive potential to rebuild their lives.

Associated links:
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/stockton/9278480.Ex_criminal_now_helping_others_break_crime_cycle/
http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/docs/breaking-the-cycle.pdf



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