ReUnite

ReUnite provides support to reunite women released from prison with their children. Our previous project reoffending rate is less than 2% vs the national average of 51% re-offending within 12 months of release.

 

Who we help

ReUnite works with mothers leaving prison who would otherwise be homeless. Caught in a 'Catch 22' situation, upon release from prison a woman is generally unable to get her children back from social care or family arrangements unless she has somewhere suitable to live. However, she is often not entitled to suitable housing, unless her children are living with her.   

How we help

  • Supported Accommodation - We provide supported accommodation with dedicated space for group work and therapeutic services. Experienced support workers provide advocacy, practical and emotional support for issues including employment, debt, practical living skills and community involvement

 

  • Floating Support Services - We provide support and advocacy services to help women secure accommodation through a range of housing providers. This is available to women across all London Boroughs 

 

  • Support for children & young people - Our dedicated Children and Young People's Support Workers directly support children of our service users, helping them re-establish healthy bonds with their mothers and overcome the trauma they may have experienced. They also advocate and liaise with social services and family courts where appropriate, regarding issues of contact and custody

 

Facts & Stats

  • Around one-third of female prisoners lose their home whilst in prison (Source: Prison Reform Trust)

 

  • Each year around 17,700 children are separated from their mother by imprisonment (Source: Home Office)

 

  • 66% of women in prison are mothers with dependent children (Source: Ministry of Justice)

 

  For more information or to refer someone for ReUnite, contact us on 020 3794 4836 or ReUnite@h4w.co.uk

Tracey's* story

Tracey’s story is similar to many other women coming out of custody and facing homelessness with no hope for a positive future.

Tracey was referred to ReUnite on release from prison following a sentence for theft. In the years leading up to her prison sentence, Tracey had experienced long-term domestic abuse, increasingly problematic drug use and the removal of her child from her care. ReUnite supported Tracey to secure accommodation, remain drug-free and avoid re-offending. After some time, Tracey became pregnant with twins and though this should have been a happy time she was fearful for her future and the future of all of her children. ReUnite supported Tracey to find accommodation large enough to house the whole family and make an application to the family court to have her older child returned to her.   Six months on Tracey and is settled and happy in her new home and hopeful that the whole family will be able together in a safe and secure home.

“It’s been very up and down. There has been a lot of change as I have had to move to a new area, away from family and friends and am now the mother of twin boys. I would probably still be homeless if it wasn’t for ReUnite. Having a home means everything – to have my own place, a roof over our head and somewhere warm and safe for me and my babies mean the world”.

 

Sarah's* story

This short film below documents a woman’s journey through our past ReUnite service which was delivered in partnership with Commonweal. The video was commissioned by Commonweal, as part of their 10 year anniversary to highlight the partnership work they do.

* Real names not used

 

 

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