Swanswell’s Accredited Programmes prepare to launch in Staffordshire and the West Midlands

24 September 2012

There’s only a week to go before Swanswell’s criminal justice Accredited Programmes launch in Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, will be working on behalf of Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation from 1 October after being awarded a contract worth up to £1.5 million.

Swanswell will also continue delivering Accredited Programmes for Warwickshire Probation as part of the three-year agreement.

Accredited Programmes are nationally approved courses that offenders attend as part of their sentence, and in this case, are for substance misuse-related crime in Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Solihull, the Black Country, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Swanswell will be delivering the Drink Impaired Drivers’ Programme (DIDP), Offender Substance Abuse Programme (OSAP) and Lower Intensity Alcohol Programme (LIAP) from locations within the community.          

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We’ve been delivering these programmes very successfully in Coventry and Warwickshire for quite some time now, so we’re delighted to have the opportunity to make them available to even more people.

Education plays a big part in helping people understand the risks of alcohol and drug misuse. For example, people attending our Drink Impaired Drivers programme often tell us they wouldn’t have got behind the wheel after a drink, if they’d have known the risks.

Accredited Programmes such as these help reduce the risk of someone reoffending, helping improve local communities while giving people the chance to turn their lives around for the better.’

Ged Bates, Director of Operations for Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation, said: ‘I am delighted that our work with Swanswell has been extended across Staffordshire and the West Midlands. Offenders often lead chaotic lives and it is vital they are given a chance to reform.

By addressing the reasons behind drug and alcohol misuse, programmes like this can help to cut reoffending and better protect the public.’

Liz Stafford, Chief Executive of Warwickshire Probation Trust, said: ‘Warwickshire Probation Trust looks forward to a further period of collaborative working with Swanswell building upon a very successful relationship established over several years.’

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