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See below our range of blogs on multiple and complex needs

Prison reform must be matched by getting a grip...

3rd November 2016

Revolving Doors Agency welcomes the Secretary of State’s ambition to improve safety and rehabilitation in prisons. But warns that without also reducing numbers of ineffective short prison sentences and providing better support for people on release from prison, any change will be limited.

Revolving Doors Agency shortlisted for UK Social...

28th October 2016

National charity, Revolving Doors Agency, has been shortlisted for the prestigious UK Social Enterprise Awards, 2016. The vision of Revolving Doors is that by 2025 no-one will be stuck in the revolving door of crisis and crime.

Gaining Confidence Through Peer Support

27th October 2016

On 3rd October myself and another Lived Experience Team member presented the recent progress on the liaison and diversion peer support model which the team has been developing over the last few months to the national Liaison and Diversion Programme Board.

Been there and worn the T-shirt

20th October 2016

Revolving Doors' associate Mark Nash blogs about his experiences of running focus groups in Barking and Dagenham around domestic abuse and how it is handled in services.

Supporting supported housing

15th September 2016

Proposed changes to the way that supported housing rent is met would have placed many services and the hundreds of thousands of people who use them at risk. Today, the Government has announced measures that will provide some reassurance.

Enough is enough - MPs call for action on...

18th August 2016

Today the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee has issued a report on homelessness, the result of a wide ranging inquiry aimed at getting to the heart of the problems behind an increase in all forms of homelessness. The recommendations include a reform of homelessness legislation, and increased supply of affordable housing.

Criminal justice reforms continue despite...

14th July 2016

In what has been a tumultuous three weeks in British politics, beneath the surface some major tectonic plates have been shifting in the realm of criminal justice reform. While these may pale in comparison to the huge shakeups and fall outs across the political spectrum, they are worthy of note – and may in fact prove the start of a major move in policy and practice.

A peer researcher responds to 'Refreshing...

8th June 2016

Peer researcher Lisa comments on some of the themes of our recent literature review on peer research: such as the personal benefits to peer researchers, breaking down boundaries between professionals and service users; and the importance of using peer research to make change.

Transforming Rehabilitation – teething trouble or...

26th May 2016

These reforms are of interest to Revolving Doors as many people under probation supervision face multiple and complex problems, including poor mental health, that can lead to a revolving door of crisis and crime. This post considers some of the questions raised in the HMI Probation report.

No-one turned away: Crisis publishes a review of...

10th May 2016

Single homelessness has been rising in England for several years. Rough sleeping, its most visible and harmful manifestation, has doubled since 2010 according to official statistics. A group of experts from a range of backgrounds, convened by Crisis, has come together to look at how homelessness law can be changed to help everyone homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Employment support for ex-prisoners – the Work...

15th April 2016

Finding employment can reduce the likelihood of reoffending and help people build a better life for themselves. Six members of Revolving Doors Agency’s national forum, all with recent experience of prison, have spoken about their experience of employment support to an official from the House of Commons Work & Pensions Select Committee.

Service User Involvement Is Vital

21st March 2016

In this blog, Joe Martin, a member of Revolving Doors’ National Service User Forum, talks about why service user involvement is so important, and what is needed to get it right. Joe contributed to the recent update of Clinks’ Guide to Service User Involvement, along with other Revolving Doors Agency staff and Forum members.