How Apex started
Apex Trust was founded in 1965 by Neville Vincent, a retired barrister, who subsequently became Chairman of Bovis Holdings.
From the two pilot programmes set up in Pentonville and Wormwood Scrubs Prisons, Apex Trust identified a special need for a service for 'white collar' offenders and sex offenders.
During the 1970s the success of the programme resulted in a request from the Courts and the Probation Service for a similar service in other parts of the country and the Trust extended its services to all offenders, including those under the supervision of the Probation Service.
During 1986-87 the Trust expanded by setting up twenty new MSC programmes for the unemployed. These included centres in Merseyside, Sunderland, Leeds and London.
In 1988, a new development programme was established in Scotland, which eventually became the basis of the independent organisation, Apex Scotland.
Our work in Merseyside began in 1996. We operate across the area from our base in St Helens. 42% of our service users reside in Liverpool which is one of the local authorities that contains the highest number of areas among the most deprived in England. 90% of people we help have multiple problems with complex needs arising from poverty, traumatic life events (abuse, violence, ill-health and bereavement), mental health problems, drug and alcohol related needs and lack of support networks. These problems intersect with and compound a history of poor educational attainment, lack of basic skills (including ‘life-skills’ such as managing money, self-care and social relationships) and an inability to change patterns of behaviour that result of anti-social and criminal behaviour. We have a strong track-record of helping people overcome the barriers to change as demonstrated in the following section. One of the key by-products of our work is to reduce re-offending and to achieve better integration of our clients into society.