A TEMPLE hosted an appeal for more local people to sign up as mentors to assist offenders in their last few months in prison as well as their first few outside.
The ‘Building Bridges Day’ took place at International Siddhashram Shakti Centre in Whitefriars Avennue, Wealdstone, on Wednesday when representatives from the Wormwood Scrubs Community Chaplaincy - an organisation based at the prison in East Acton - spoke about its work.
Frances Bromley, operations manager, said: “It's a through-the-gates mentoring scheme.
“Volunteers meet the prisoner inside three months before their release date and carry on meeting them once they have been released.
“At the moment we have about 45 trained and cleared mentors.
“In the past it's been Christians mainly, and when Kadir Uddin started his chaplaincy, there was a big push for Muslim volunteers and now we are trying to get the smaller faiths involved as well.”
Currently prisoners either approach the charity themselves for a mentor or are subject to a referral by the prison authorities but justice secretary Chris Grayling has said he would ideally like all prisoners to have a mentor.
Twelve meeting attendees took away application forms, Ms Bromley said.