Bishop Nick visits Peninsula Initiative Community Chaplaincy
Bishop Nick has met staff and volunteers for the Devon-based Christian charity, Peninsula Initiative Community Chaplaincy (PICC), which supports local prisoners on their release. He also spoke to Probation Service professionals and paid a short visit to ‘the Moor’ to meet chaplains and the prison governor.
By working with prison chaplains on the inside, PICC enables prisoners to return to the community through mentoring and counselling. The charity works with former offenders from Channings Wood, Dartmoor and Exeter jails, as well as the women’s prison at Eastwood Park in Gloucestershire. The mentoring scheme provides trained volunteers to listen and encourage ex-prisoners.
Cathy Jerrard, Co-ordinating Community Chaplain, said: “The initial hours and days following release are critical in determining whether people re-offend, and meeting people from a caring community can make such a difference to their lives.”
Further details of PICC can be found on their website: www.swcc-pi.org.