Criminal Justice Directory

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Directory, the place to find out information and contact details on a range of voluntary and community sector organisations working across the criminal justice system. The former NEON directory has been rebranded to include organisations working with victims, preventionary activities, community safety activities as well as those working with offenders in the North East.

Cygnus Support

1 Council Road
NE63 8RZ
01670 853977
Opening hours:

9-5 Mon to Thurs 9-4.30 Fri. Out of hours by appt.

Organisation Aims/Missions:

To provide women and men in Northumberland with free quality counselling, personal development, education and information on issues contributing to their mental health and well being. We also provide a specific domestic abuse service to women and men (14+) who have suffered sexual violence/abuse.

Overview of the services offered:

1-1 counselling
Personal Development Courses
Healthy Lifestyles Sessions
Support & Advice Services (Housing, family law etc.)
Support for victims of Domestic and sexual violence
Work with women to reduce re offending
Work with young people 14+

Darlington Citizens Advice Bureau

The CORE Church Row
DL1 5QD
01325 256999
Opening hours:

10am to 4 pm

Organisation Aims/Missions:

Advice and support in all legal areas
employment debt consumer immigration housing benefits financial capability or any other subject matter

Overview of the services offered:

Debt Specialist - DRO registered, negotiate organise repayments, assist with court action or insolvency matters
Housing Specialist - Solicitor level , negotiate and challenge housing issues
Benefit Specialist - claim, challenge and maximise income
Financial capability worker - assist to budget , cut back to manage financially
Employment Specialist- explain rights, challenge , court action
Generalist Advice - open 10-12 each day face to face or telephone 10-2 each day to ensure the right person deals with the problem

Darlington Citizens Advice Bureau

The CORE Church Row
DL1 5QD
01325 256999
Opening hours:

10am to 4 pm

Organisation Aims/Missions:

Advice and support in all legal areas
employment debt consumer immigration housing benefits financial capability or any other subject matter

Overview of the services offered:

Debt Specialist - DRO registered, negotiate organise repayments, assist with court action or insolvency matters
Housing Specialist - Solicitor level , negotiate and challenge housing issues
Benefit Specialist - claim, challenge and maximise income
Financial capability worker - assist to budget , cut back to manage financially
Employment Specialist- explain rights, challenge , court action
Generalist Advice - open 10-12 each day face to face or telephone 10-2 each day to ensure the right person deals with the problem

Darlington Citizens Advice Bureau

The CORE Church Row
DL1 5QD
01325 256999
Opening hours:

10am to 4 pm

Organisation Aims/Missions:

Advice and support in all legal areas
employment debt consumer immigration housing benefits financial capability or any other subject matter

Overview of the services offered:

Debt Specialist - DRO registered, negotiate organise repayments, assist with court action or insolvency matters
Housing Specialist - Solicitor level , negotiate and challenge housing issues
Benefit Specialist - claim, challenge and maximise income
Financial capability worker - assist to budget , cut back to manage financially
Employment Specialist- explain rights, challenge , court action
Generalist Advice - open 10-12 each day face to face or telephone 10-2 each day to ensure the right person deals with the problem

Depaul UK One to One Mentoring

Simonside House
54-58 Simonside Tce
Heaton
NE6 5JY
0191 2096705
Opening hours:

Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm

Organisation Aims/Missions:

The One to One Mentoring Project is based in Deerbolt YOI and matches prisoners with mentors prior to release. This offers them “through the gate” support as they settle back into the community.

Overview of the services offered:

During the match the mentor encourages, advises, supports and challenges where appropriate, to help the mentee achieve his goals. The support of a mentor at this stage of transition can make all the difference in a young person’s life. A listening ear, a few words of encouragement, skills sharing and gentle advice is often enough to help that person overcome the difficulties they face in their struggle to build a new and settled life.

Depaul UK Pathfinder Project

Youth Resource Centre
Oxford Street
NE26 1AD
United Kingdom
Organisation Aims/Missions:

The Pathfinder Project is continually developing, establishing links, promoting the service and liaising with housing providers and probation officers and attending appropriate meetings and training.

Overview of the services offered:

The Pathfinder Project is funded by Northumbria Probation to provide a resettlement service to high risk offenders in Probation run Approved Premises. Referrals are made to supported housing projects and local authorities according to the support needs and risk issues of the clients.

Depaul UK Prison Resettlement Project

Youth Resource Centre
Oxford Street
NE26 1AD
United Kingdom
0771 783 5092
Organisation Aims/Missions:

The Prison Resettlement Project helps young people to access accommodation for release.

Overview of the services offered:

We work with young people from all areas, we carry out an assessment and refer them to various types of accommodation such as local authority, registered social landlords, hostels and supported housing. We liaise with agencies such as Probation, CARATS and Social Services to help meet the needs of the young person.

Durham Action on Single Housing Ltd (DASH)

32-34 Dragonville Industrial Estate
Dragon Lane
DH1 2XW
United Kingdom
0191 384 5073
Opening hours:

8.30am - 5.30pm

Organisation Aims/Missions:

Supported Accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; support for people to help them to manage and maintain their tenancies or mortgaged properties (Floating Support).

Overview of the services offered:

Supported Accommodation (16-65):
Emergency accommodation, in partnership with Durham County Council (Through Council, priority given to statutory);
Six month tenancies in self contained flats (interview and assessment by DASH);
Short term shared (kitchen and bathroom) accommodation (interview and assessment by DASH);
Long term accommodation (vacancies rare, mainly mental health related).
Floating Support (16-65):
Service for people moving from DASH accommodation, or referred to us;
Homestay Holistic (up to 5 hours per week), in partnership with Stonham, Moving On, SHAID, Waddington Street Centre
Homestay Intensive (over 5hours per week, from Sept. 2009).

Dyslexia Action

69 Woodland Road
DL3 7BQ
01325 283580
Opening hours:

9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Organisation Aims/Missions:

Dyslexia Action is as national charity with 27 centres throughout England, Scotland and Wales. We are the leading national dyslexia provider, specialising in working with dyslexic adults and young people and offering a full service of screening, diagnostic assessment and specialist tuition. We work with dyslexic individuals themselves and their families to help people with dyslexia to meet their potential. We offer both group and one-to-one specialist tuition as well as general basic skills tuition. We offer training to other providers in dyslexia awareness, screening for dyslexia and how to support dyslexic learners. We go into the workplace and offer workplace consultations to employers and their dyslexic employees to help employers meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. We use the most up-to-date methods of assessment and tuition based on the best and most recent national and international research

Overview of the services offered:

Dyslexia affects between four and 10% of the population. The most recent research has shown that within prisons and probation service this figure rises to 20%. County Durham LSC funded research has also shown that almost 40% of people who have poor basic skills are at risk of dyslexia. This will mean that a sizeable minority of offenders are likely to be dyslexic and their needs will not be met fully by normal teaching methods. Dyslexic learners do respond well however to specialist tuition and this is what we can offer to offenders. At present we are carrying out no work in the North-East with offenders but are very keen to extend our provision into this area, working, if possible in partnership with other providers who may not have this expertise. We would be glad to talk to other providers about how this could be done. We can offer screening, diagnostic assessment and specialist tuition as well as specialist information and advice and guidance as our Darlington centre is Matrix accredited. We also offer workplace consultations to help dyslexic offenders and their employers cope with dyslexic needs

Ease, Progress 2 Work

19 Albion House
West Percy Street
NE29 0DW
0191 296 4762
Opening hours:

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Organisation Aims/Missions:

Advisors work with participants on a one to one basis identifying specific needs and building upon strengths and successes to develop a specifically tailored package of support, advice and guidance to help individuals to overcome barriers to training and employment ( including health, housing, debt and criminal history)

Overview of the services offered:

Our service is open to anyone with a history of illicit substance misuse living in the Newcastle or North Tyneside area and is unemployed. Referrals can be made by any agency or individual, including self referral

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