P.R.I.S.M Awards Ceremony – April 2019

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Earlier this month we attended Restart’s P.R.I.S.M awards ceremony and caught up with Client Development Officer, Steve McDonald, who told us what it was all about.

What is P.R.I.S.M and how long has it been going for?
P.R.I.S.M is a 12-week motivational programme designed to address behaviours, bad choices and habits. It’s based on the concept of transparency & honesty, and how that by being so will help a person access the proper help and support they may need with their issues. The programme has been going for approximately two years now and was initially used in the drug service to address substance misuse issues. Since February 2019 Restart has seen two groups successfully graduate the full course and a further two groups are currently in progress. We also have a new group due to start on the 25th.

What’s happening at today’s ceremony?
The ceremony is a chance to celebrate all who complete the course. They receive their certificates and P.R.I.S.M keyrings. Some will have family members attending to witness the presentation.

What are your long term aspirations for P.R.I.S.M? / What’s happening next?
P.R.I.S.M hopefully will roll out and be offered not only to all those who reside in a Restart property wishing to find motivation but also within our local communities. Long term it is a way of people connecting and making positive steps to change. Watch this space!


Restart Recreational Activity Day – Fast Lane Karting

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Thanks to funding from the Lichfield Diocese we have been given the opportunity to run and engage in a series of recreational activity days with our Restart clients. Our first trip back in March 2018 saw us attend Zip World Slate Caverns in Wales. This time around a mix of clients and staff attended Fast Lane Karting in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.

“The trip went really well” said Restart Chaplain and organiser Thomas Simm “It has played a substantial role in not only broadening horizons but building strong relationships between us and our clients. I would strongly advocate for more such trips going forward”

Welcome to our new site!

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Thank you for visiting our new Saltbox website, in particular, our revamped Restart page. Our dedicated team works directly with individuals who have a history of offending, helping them find new pathways out of harmful patterns of behaviour. Our clients are supported to gain employment and qualifications, along with rebuilding family and community relationships.

Saltbox first began working with ex-offenders back in 2007, inspired by a Community Chaplaincy programme based in Canada that helped offenders return to society. We’ve come a long way since then and you can find out more in our History of Restart section.

Our Restart programme has an outstanding team behind it, drawing from past working experience across prisons, victim support, health and safety, mental health, coaching and life skills. You can find out more about those who make our service possible in our new Team section.

Supporting and, where possible, transforming the lives of our clients is what we always strive to do. Our Personal Journeys page features the stories of past clients who describe how their lives have been turned around after becoming involved in the Restart programme. It’s always good to get Feedback so we now have a dedicated page that features comments from previous clients and also our partners within the Probation Service.

We’re always interested in talking to individuals who’d like to get involved and help support Restart. Therefore, we now have a Join the Team section. Even if we have no open vacancies we’d still encourage individuals to submit their CV for future consideration and opportunities. We’d also be interested to hear from any landlords who would like to become involved in our housing programme. More information on this can be found in our Be a Landlord section.

Lastly, we now have a page dedicated to Connecting Choices. This is a project that aims to provide holistic support for disadvantaged people who are furthest away from the labour market. It aims to overcome barriers, helping individuals move towards and into sustainable volunteering, education, training and employment across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

This is just a brief overview of what our new Restart website offers. Please feel free to explore. If you have any feedback or questions then get in touch via our Contact Us page.