The Passport Prison Leavers Programme
Creating opportunities to help people move on from prison
Passport works to support people moving on from prison so that they gain the self-confidence, skills and qualifications they need to get a job or move into further education. We currently work across HMP Edinburgh with people who are returning to Edinburgh and across HM YOI Polmont with individuals returning to Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Forth Valley and Lanarkshire.
We are also a partner within the National Women Offenders Programme, which is funded through the Scottish Government Change Fund. We work within HMP Edinburgh and HMP Cornton Vale to assist women returning from prison to Glasgow and Edinburgh. AI is also one of 8 partners involved in the National Shine PSP for Women offenders, funded through the Scottish Government Change Fund.
How Passport works
Passport works by providing individuals with regular one-to-one advice, support and motivation (with a specific, assigned caseworker). This mentoring takes place in the run-up to a person’s release from prison and continues after they are liberated.
This approach involves the development of an accredited personal action plan. Participants are also placed on relevant training programmes and work placements. They can also gain key qualifications that will help them achieve their goals.
Other benefits of participation in the programme include:
- College visits, access to college courses and funding support.
- Support to gain volunteering placements.
- Links to key support services, advice and information.
- Entitlement benefits are not affected and transport and lunch costs are normally provided.
If you think that you could benefit from the Passport Prison Leavers Programme, or if you are working with someone who can, get in touch to arrange an initial information session.