bthechange CIC was started after the founder member had experienced being on the wrong side of the criminal justice system having had a law-abiding life up to that point. His experience of the criminal justice system and the impact on his own life convinced him that there was a greater need for help and early interventions. He realised that without additional holistic support individuals are at a significant disadvantage and are likely to have their lives impacted negatively for a considerable amount of time.
The people who work for bthechange are proof that your past does not have to define your future. We have a unique perspective and ability to inspire those we work with because we have ourselves overcome many challenges that people in the criminal justice system experience. We understand the multitude of hidden consequences of a having a conviction, we understand the shame, guilt, anger, the loss of loved ones, the labelling & misjudgements.
We often find that our thinking is slightly different to others when it comes to our approach to working practice. We challenge wherever we see or experience things that we do not think are just or in the best interest of the people we work with. We use our voice to elevate the voice and concerns of others and to raise key issues facing the people in the criminal justice system. We are committed to being part of a positive shift within the system to better address the needs of our clients.
bthechange are part of wider networks within health and justice. Chloe, who is the women’s, lead currently has a seat on the Local Criminal Justice Board within Devon/Cornwall, Southwest women’s board, the CSTR strategic and operational boards (community sentencing treatment requirements), The peninsula partnership board (health and justice), Revolving Doors Lived experience team (National). Chloe’s role on these boards is two-fold, as a professional and as the voice of lived experience.
These roles highlight our passion and commitment to improving things within the criminal justice system, to voicing the opinions and experiences of those in the system, and to demonstrate that positive opportunity is possible with the right support and environment.
bthechange Director Josh is the Devon VCSE representative and sits on the Local Criminal Justice Main Board this gives us a great opportunity to feedback influence, update and work with key criminal Justice stakeholders.
In addition we also report directly to the Southwest reducing reoffending partnership that provides us with guidance and scrutiny regarding our work at HMP Eastwood Park.
Vision & Values
Our vision is for our clients to see and feel the hope that will motivate them to take action that leads to sustainable positive change for them, their families and the communities in which they live.
Our Core Principle...
The most important principle for bthechange CIC is service user and expert engagement. All our programmes are designed and, in many cases, delivered by leaders with experience.
Our Core Values...
Our Way Of Working...
Hope | Motivation | Action | Change
We provide inspirational support, guidance and mentorship which will create hope and promote self-worth. Hope is more than wishful thinking it is the bedrock upon which we build positive peer mentor relationships. Without hope there would be no motivation for a client or mentor to engage. With a lack of engagement, there would be very little meaningful action. With action comes improvement through a series of steps leading to a plan for behavioural change. Change is a process, not an event, therefore all our programmes support sustainable change and achievement.
Our Core Belief…
We believe that maximum resource needs to be applied upon entry into the criminal justice system. This will promote effective rehabilitation. Equally we believe in a restorative approach: Restorative Justice, restorative sentencing and restorative community service.