SOVA Connect EOE supports male offenders aged 18+ across the East of England.
They aim to help offenders move towards social inclusion and mainstream provision by addressing their main barriers to successful reintegration. Many of SOVA’s participants lack confidence, have low self-esteem, lead chaotic lifestyles and have little support from family and friends.
As a SOVA volunteer you could meet your service user whilst they are in prison andor support them whilst they reintegrate into the community.
SOVA volunteers mentor, with the support of a Case Manager & a Southern Volunteer Hub, and will build a goal focused relationship tailored to the service user’s need, with the ultimate aim being the reduction of re-offending.
Meeting weekly, bi-weekly or monthly with their volunteer, service users work towards their ‘action plans’ – ensuring they are always goal oriented and focused. Mentors will help bridge gaps and establish links that the service user would not be able to achieve on their own.
SOVA offers all volunteers enjoyable and interactive training (which can be accredited through Certa). Modules include Essential skill development and Roles and responsibilities.
SOVA ask’s for volunteers to commit to volunteering for a minimum of 6 months.
All volunteer mentors will be given ongoing support and regular supervision including volunteer events, guest speakers and opportunities for personal development.
If you would like to mentor in custody, you will also need to go through vetting for access to the prison you are assigned to, and will need to complete relevant forms and produce a counter signatory.