In October 2016, Apex Charitable Trust in Merseyside where recognised as a centre to offer accredited courses and qualifications through Open Awards.
Our service users (women ex-offenders) can access our Level 2 Award in Peer Mentoring, which offers training and support to equip our service users with the skills they need to act at Peer Mentors. Their role is then to support others who are at an earlier stage in their journey towards desistance from offending.
The Level 2 Peer Mentoring Award is a key qualification for our peer mentors to have when moving into further training, education or employment. This offers a progression route for those who wish to undertake voluntary work as a means of developing work experience and/or building their skills.
Apex Trust in Merseyside have been successful in being awarding a grant from Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company’s (CRC) Innovation Fund to support women offenders under Halton CRC. The projects beneficiaries will receive one-to-one support to break down the barriers they face and find opportunities for them to access around employment, training, education and voluntary work.
ACT 4 Women, Halton is a 12 month funded project which began in November 2016.