Housing support for adult offenders in Durham – a success story

Successful rehabilitation after spending time in prison requires supporting the individual in a variety of ways, which can include help with drug and alcohol abuse and offering housing support so they can start to carve out a more secure and stable future.

David’s story is the perfect demonstration of how people can turn their lives around, even after experience as a serious offender, with the care of professionals who are genuinely invested in their future…

Our Durham adult offenders and housing support team

Foundation’s Durham team provides housing support and advice services for offenders, those at risk of offending and vulnerable people aged 16 years and over across County Durham.

Through referrals from organisations such as the National Probation Service and Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company, we provide:

  • Accommodation with intensive support and floating support in the community for up to two years if required
    A triage service for immediate access to short-term support on a wide range of issues.
    Group work sessions, delivered weekly covering various topics and activities as well as offering 1-1 support for customers
    PPO Mentoring – intensive support in the community for offenders managed by the IOM in County Durham and an accommodation service for up to two years if required – customers are supported by a multi-agency team to ensure their full needs are met

David’s story – in the beginning…

Foundation started working with David prior to his release from prison, where he was the second most prolific offender in the whole of County Durham.

David’s caseworker helped him to secure supported accommodation ready for his release, and also provided support to help him through the restorative justice process with one of his victims.

David’s progress

David lived in supported housing for a year after his release, and then successfully moved onto rehab, where Foundation continued to offer floating support.

After a successful stay in rehab he secured his own council tenancy with the support of his Foundation caseworker, and continued to receive triage support on an ‘ad hoc’ basis.

The results so far…

David is a true Foundation success story, and one we’re immensely proud of: as well as successfully beating his addictions, he’s turned his personal experiences into positive use and now works full time for the drug service as a support worker. Well done David!