Apex Trust is a registered charity formed in 1965. The organisation promotes social inclusion for people who have a history of offending by assisting them to improve their employment prospects. Our work in Merseyside began in 1996 having worked in the region for 19 years. It is one of the few organisations operating locally in Merseyside to promote the rehabilitation of offenders and prevent re-offending and one of the very few working with women offenders (ACT 4 Women Project).
We aim to help people with a criminal record age 16+ to overcome barriers to employment by providing a range of specialist and proven one to one support programmes. 90% of people we help have multiple problems with complex needs arising from poverty, traumatic life events, mental health problems, drug & alcohol related needs and lack of support networks. We have a strong track record of helping people overcome the barriers to change. One of the key by-products of our work is to reduce re-offending and to achieve better integration of our clients into society.
We hold the Matrix Quality Standard in delivering Advice & Guidance, first achieving the standard in 2007 and have successfully renewed this in 2010 and 2013.
ACT 4 Women Project, Merseyside
ACT4 Women is a distinctive facility developed specifically to support women ex-offenders. The service provides fresh opportunities for women in Merseyside who are jobless, often homeless and have a criminal record to learn new skills and find employment. All ACT 4 Women participants receive comprehensive job-finding assistance.
A distinct feature of ACT 4 Women service is the opportunity for some participants to receive special training and personal development support to enable them to be volunteer befrienders 'Peer Mentors' and work alongside our professional staff in delivering the service. Peer Mentors are very key members of the ACT 4 Women team. They will pass on valuable life skills, leaning, advice and advocacy support to other women ex-offenders at risk of re-offending and those struggling to adapt to life on the outside.
ACT 4 Women, Merseyside is a multi-funded project, receiving 3 years funding from July 2014-June 2017 through the Big Lottery - Reaching Communities Fund. Our additional supporters and funders include John Moores Foundation & The Noel Buxton Trust.
Clear Choices Project (St Helens)
A 12 month funded project through the Police & Crime Commissioners Crime Prevention Fund 2015/2016
Our 'Clear Choices' project delivers practical support to address employability issues for non-statutory prolific & priority offenders residing in St Helens. Clear Choices address's engagement, motivation, skills, learning, resilience and best practice in securing employment for our service users. Barriers faced by this group may be complex and will be compounded by the barriers and exclusion they are likely to experience due to their criminal convictions.
How to Access the Service:
Contact the St Helens office for further details of local services. Project opening times Monday to Thursday 9 am - 5 pm, Friday 9 am - 4 pm (excluding Bank Holidays).
Apex Charitable Trust, Tontine House, 24 Church Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1BD
Type of Organisation:
national charity (no.284736) with local services
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