The Forward Trust delivers one of the country’s most highly regarded drug and alcohol services in prisons. Their experience supporting thousands of people to break their addiction spans more than 25 years and 25 prisons, having opened the first intensive treatment programme in a UK prison at HMP Downview in 1992. Their prison drug and alcohol programmes were the first to have been independently accredited for reducing reoffending by the Ministry of Justice. The Rapt intensive treatment programme results in an 18% reduction in reoffending and 65% reduction in the volume of crime compared to other drug treatment programmes.
The Forward Trust’s evidence based drug and alcoholservices are tailored to an individual’s needs, strengths and motivations. They adapt their approach for each client, whatever they are ready for, however long they have with them and whatever their location. From brief workshops to minimise risk and build motivation, through to longer term intensive programmes that tackle deep-rooted behaviour, their programmes build an array of skills to support their clients.
The Forward Trust’s employment services (previously Blue Sky) help people to break the cycle of reoffending and addiction through training and employment activities that are grounded in the real world of work. Their services include:
Their services are informed by years of working with some of the hardest to reach people in the community, in custody and through the gate. Their expert team includes people with lived experience who can promote inspirational peer support with their target client groups. 34% of their staff are ex-offenders or in recovery for addiction.
Their impressive success rates speak for themselves: