With time and trust,
we grow stronger
In 2009 the Dawn Project was launched Cambridge and Peterborough, following recommendations within the Corston Report http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/docs/corston-report-march-2007.pdf published in 2007 and originally commissioned by the Ministry of Justice.
The project is a one stop service for women who are or have been in the criminal justice system or who are at risk of offending. Through a holistic approach the project works to support women with complex needs to rebuild their lives. The overall aim of the project is to reduce re-offending, provide an alternative to custodial sentences for women and reduce the instances of breaching community orders.
We offer specific interventions, working closely with Responsible Officers to deliver clearly defined 1:1 and group work inclusive of: supervision of court order; supervision of unpaid work; engagement support orders for sex workers; delivery of WEWRAR (Women’s Emotional Wellbeing Rehabilitation Activity Requirement), Victim Awareness, working in line with the 9 pathway model identified with offending behaviours.
The project is a member of Women's Breakout www.womensbreakout.org.uk - a third sector umbrella organisation representing 55 voluntary and community sector organisations, working with women offenders and women at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system, in gender sensitive environments.
In November 2014 the project was runner up in two categories at the No Offence! Redemption & Justice Awards, receiving recognition in the 'Inspirational' and 'Innovation' categories.
The project also received the 'Pride of Cambridge' Community Project 2014 award in recognition of services and work in the local community.
We span the Cambridgeshire area which includes the Probation areas of Cambridge, Peterborough, Wisbech and Huntingdon.
Our Dawn Team Project Workers:
Anna Gilchrist (Cambridge)
Diana Minns (Cambridge)
Angie Young (Peterborough)
Ex service user and current Mentor
Inspirational Runner up
No Offence! Redemption & Justice Awards 2014