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06 March 2012

Helping more ex-offenders in London

Helping more ex-offenders in London

Two organisations are joining forces to provide rehabilitation for ex-offenders in the London area.

Alliance member Langley House Trust has announced it has merged the services of Stepping Stones Trust in Croydon into its own services.

The merger increases the number of the Trust’s services to 23 around England, which means it is now working with more than 1,000 ex-offenders.

“This is the realisation of a long-held ambition for us, to be able to start addressing the considerable need for ex-offender rehabilitation within the London area,” said Anthony Howlett-Bolton, chairman of Langley House Trust.

“Stepping Stones Trust has an exceptional track record over many years and it’s a great pleasure to welcome them into the Langley House Trust family.”

Langley House Trust is a national Christian charity which provides resettlement support for ex-offenders.

The national re-offending rate is around 70 per cent, but just two per cent of ex-offenders re-offend once they have received help and support from the Langley Trust, which was founded in 1958.

The charity works with men and women of all faiths and none, and also offers a range of supported accommodation to help those who have special needs.

Jonathan Aitken, who is a patron to both Langley and Stepping Stones, said: “The coming together of two such organisations sets a good example of how charities can work together, harmoniously in a way which will clearly benefit their clients.

“The merger will provide an enhanced service, focussed on breaking the cycle of re-offending.”