SixtyOne is a group of Bristol based charities, churches, businesses and individuals who have come together to work co-operatively to help ex-prisoners lead meaningful lives that are free from crime.
We aim to achieve this by working together to create more connected support, not only amongst its members, but also with churches, businesses and individuals across the city. We will do this by:
- Acting as an information hub
- Connecting ex-prisoners with charities, churches and businesses who may be able to support them; and
- Training mentors, primarily but not exclusively, from the church community through the MentorMe. This is an ongoing initiative, which has already generated significant interest from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), many of the church leaders based in the Bristol area, charitable trusts and influential individuals.
SixtyOne exists to:
- Enable churches and Christians to reach out ‘and proclaim the good news’ to prisoners through mentoring, volunteering, prayer and giving.
- Enable organisations and charities working with offenders to work in partnership with churches and Christians across Bristol to provide high quality and local support to prisoners and ex-prisoners.
- Hold a strategic overview of need across the Greater Bristol area and support organisations that are genuinely seeking to work in partnership with local churches.
The founding organisations of SixtyOne are: