Offenders and ex-offenders
Those With Learning Difficulties
What Do We Do?
Goodwill Solutions CIO supports Northamptonshire Police by providing an in-kind space for the Police to use in three different programmes:
Community Initiative to Reduce Violence
A gang intervention programme to help reduce violence and drugs associated with gangs.
Early Intervention Hub
Bringing Police and County Council teams working together to identify families in difficulty at an early stage and step-in to offer support.
Working with offenders to repair lost or stolen bicycles for community use.
Goodwill Solutions has a positive and uplifting atmosphere of change and growth which inspires both the officers who work here and those we are seeking to support. Northamptonshire Police continues to receive significant support from Goodwill Solutions.
It is down to Goodwill Solutions support of Northamptonshire Police and its mission that allows CIRV and the early intervention team to operate in a neutral space where agencies and staff from a variety of backgrounds can operate under one roof as a true multi-agency team.
Detective Inspector Daryl Lyons
The Hope Centre Northampton
Goodwill Solutions CIO has provided The Hope Centre Northampton with kitchen space and utilities since 2018 to allow them to further their support for homeless and vulnerable people which has been especially vital during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Our 2020 Grants
In December 2020 Goodwill Solutions CIO awarded a grant of £5000 to Beyond Recovery to support their work with prisoners nearing release. Beyond Recovery CIC have worked with prisoners on their journey towards release since 2014 using their Three Principles model to improve mental health and bring behavioural change to many returning citizens.
However the reality of the in-prison Covid lockdown with prisoners kept in their cells for up to 23 hours a day presented a huge new challenge, their answer was to create activity packs bearing the key messages of their programme, which now is now distributed to over 50 prisons across the UK; and also to develop a COVID safe Distance Learning programme (DLP) which has been piloted at HMP Onley and is due to be rolled out at HMP’s Ranby and Nottingham.
The grant from Goodwill Solutions CIO will fund the publication of activity packs and the creation of a programme on Prison Radio which would enhance learners experience of the DLP.
I’m delighted to have been successful with our application for this grant. I’ve long admired the work of Goodwill Solutions and hoped for a chance to collaborate. I feel the addition of a radio show to our Distance Learning Programmes will be super impactful for those residents who learn in different ways. I’m also excited because the programme will be created by people with lived experience, Derrick and Omar. Since working with them Beyond Recovery has a deeper understanding of the issues people face both whilst in custody and upon release. The added bonus is that the radio show will be available on NPR’s Streamline website for families and returning residents!
Founder Beyond Recovery
The Spring Charity has worked for many years with vulnerable families with young children in the Spring Boroughs, Semilong, St Johns and the Mounts areas of Northampton town centre.
Working in deprived city wards where families experience extreme hardship they provide care and education to promote social welfare and improve life chances to directly benefit families and the communities around them.
Despite running many programmes of support, they realised during the C19 lockdown that there was more which could be done to support women and children who were victims of domestic abuse. They discovered the Freedom Programme.
The Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess. The Freedom Programme also captures in detail how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed.
Jill, Marie and Martina from the Charity met with Goodwill in October and after an engaging and positive meeting decided to submit an application for a grant which would support the costs of running of the Freedom Programme for two years.
Early in December they were invited to present their proposal to the Trustees of Goodwill Solutions CIO, by the week before Christmas the final decision had been made, The Spring Charity were awarded a grant of £7486
the importance of the Freedom Programme is recognised by this very generous award. Very many thanks to Goodwill Solutions from the Spring Charity Board of Trustees
Trustee The Spring Charity
Previous Years Grants
Northampton Night Shelter
Goodwill Solutions CIO has been involved in the Northampton Night Shelter since 2016 and provided a number of items required for their refurbishment including:
We also helped raise money for other supplies and acted as a drop-off point for
donated items bedding, food supplies & sleeping bags.
Inspirational in talking to the Night Shelter clients and motivating them to get back on their feet, in fact Night Shelter staff will soon be recommending one of their clients for advice about potential job options.
Northampton Borough Council Housing
& Wellbeing Team
Supporting the local community in Wellingborough
Goodwill Solutions CIO has been a supporter of the local community in Wellingborough for several years through it’s involvement with the Hemmingwell Community Centre, including in 2019 donating £20,000 to support greater community cohesion via services such as out of school and youth oriented clubs, community churches and access to gym facilities within the centre.