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Out for GoodColchester

In September 2016, Out4Good transferred from our partner, Frontier Youth Trust to join the Worth Unlimited family.


Out4Good (O4G) works with young offenders/young adult offenders, and those at risk of offending.  O4G helps them reduce their offending behaviour by providing supported housing, and outreach work to those accommodated elsewhere.


O4G provides a sharp and challenging picture of how young adults who are ‘ex-offenders’ might be enabled to make the crucial transition from prison to a full and meaningful life back in the community.  At low cost O4G is effectively demonstrating that the three crucial ‘pillars’ to successful community rehabilitation are somewhere to live, something constructive to do and intensive support.  O4G has facilitated many purposeful activities for the young people, including: decorating, DIY, sailing, cooking, football, growing their own vegetables and work experience with local businesses.


The project has developed a model that is localised and based on needs analysis of the beneficiaries, with the following aims:

  • Accommodating young adults who are ex-offenders with complex needs
  • Reducing re-offending behaviour
  • Promoting positive lifestyle and relationship choices, helping young people reduce their substance misuse where relevant
  • Promoting engagement in meaningful activities and supporting young offenders to improve their employment prospects by participating in education, training and/or volunteering
  • Equipping young people to live independently and to secure appropriate housing

The direct beneficiaries of the project are the young men and women who have been, or who are at risk of, receiving custodial sentences.  They are mainly in the 18-25 age range and come from a mix of ethnic backgrounds.  Most of them have drug/alcohol and relationship issues, poor levels of educational achievement and many have been in care.  Some of them are persistent and prolific offenders and many of them appear to have fallen through the net of normal social welfare provisions.


From 2013-16 O4G worked with 80 young adults – 97.5% of our service users have reduced re-offending, and 86% have not re-offended at all.  This is significantly better than the national average – 33.7% of young offenders usually re-offend within one year and 67.7% within 9 years (Ministry of Justice, 2012).  However, with Persistent Prolific Offenders, like many of the young people supported by O4G, 74% usually reoffend within 1 year (Ministry of Justice, 2012).

Referrals accepted from:

Probation Service Offender Managers

Leaving and After Care Teams
Prison Chaplains
Colchester Joint Referral Panel (JRP – Housing)
Community Chaplains
Social Workers
Youth Workers
YOS teams
Any other concerned individual/family member


A video explaining the work and impact of Out4Good can be found here.




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Supported Accomodation for offenders and prison leavers aged 18-25

Floating Support (Mentoring) for young people at risk of re-offending.

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Contact details

Julie Ellis

Branch Director


Tel: 07792 298433

Email: [email protected]


NB:  The locations of houses that Out4Good use are kept out of the public domain for the safety and security of staff and young people.


For postal correspondance please use our Head Office address.


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