Re-Unite South London, the initial pilot project run in partnership with Housing for Women, continues to go from strength to strength

South London skyline where Re-Unite South London is basedThe project’s aim to reduce re-offending rates among mothers leaving prison is being achieved by Re-Unite South London.

Since the project’s inception in 2007, Re-Unite South London has supported 26 women to live in Re-Unite properties. Commonweal’s partnership with Housing for Women (HfW), sees Commonweal supply the homes and Housing for Women provide the frontline support.

Of the 26 women supported, 22 have been helped by Re-Unite and successfully have their children back in their permanent care, apart from one, who, through her own choice and due to her mental health needs, decided this was not appropriate. She now lives in a HfW property.

Proud of its achievements to date, Re-Unite South London has also recognised that it is a major challenge to succeed for everybody. Six mothers who took part were either evicted or opted out due to a struggle to commit to the project, its aims and rehabilitation targets.

Of the six, one woman unfortunately submitted a positive drug test and also reoffended. She is currently serving an eight-month sentence for robbery during the riots of Summer 2011.

Zaiba Qureshi, Director of Supported Housing at Housing for Women, said: “So far this is the only mother we have supported who has reoffended. It is terribly frustrating and sad when this happens and we make every effort to work with partner agencies to ensure we support our clients to progress as positively as possible through the programme.”