Giving Time delivers Volunteer Centre services within the prison establishment and the wider community, by providing service users with access to volunteering placements, and through the gate support. The service offers opportunities, advice, support and training for individuals who are considering volunteering once they are released from the prison environment and for those at risk of offending within the community. As well as the adult Giving Time project, the Youth Giving Time project works with young people aged between 10 and 19, and aims to offer them volunteering, workshops and training in order to divert them away from the Criminal Justice System. Giving Time is currently offering the opportunity for replication in other areas via a social franchising model.
The Giving Time franchise provides a strong delivery framework for the brokerage and placing of people with criminal convictions in volunteering. The Giving Time franchise provides a delivery method that is safe and supportive of both service users and the charities they volunteer in. The method has been rigorously evaluated to prove its effectiveness in reducing social exclusion and reducing reoffending rates.
Why volunteering as a means of desistance?
Many people with criminal convictions experience extreme social exclusion upon their release. Finding employment can be challenging and positively reintegrating into society is difficult. Volunteering provides the opportunity for people to build confidence and self esteem. To meet people who provide pro-social modelling and to build skills to gain employment. The Giving Time model has been developed based on three key underpinning theories including Pro-Social Modelling, Desistance theory and The Good Lives Model.
Who can adopt the model?
Giving Time perfectly complements the services that are delivered by Volunteer Centre’s and also the inclusion of volunteers within the criminal justice system.
Evidence of Impact
Giving Time has a successful track record of placing people with a variety of criminal convictions, in a range of volunteering opportunities, and supporting them within their roles.
– A licensing agreement between franchisor and franchise
– Ongoing support and communication between franchisor and franchise
– The entire business format being duplicated, including branding
– Franchisee is granted a territory to operate the business (where appropriate)
– Licensing fee payment from franchisee to franchisor
The franchise fees are given on enquiry as they range depending on the geographical reach, number of prisons engaged and the number of service users that are supported. Prices will be given on application.
– 20 Hours delivery training
– Service Delivery Manual
– 1 Training Pack (promoting volunteering to ex-offenders)
– 20 Hours annual consultancy support (remote)
– Portal and Knowledge Hub Access (including start up training)
– Annual quality assessment
– Evidence base and evaluation
– Hourly coaching
– Digital Badges
– 1 Training Pack (up-skilling organisations)
– External evaluation
– Communications and marketing support