As I am sure you will now be aware Purple Futures, an Interserve led partnership, has been selected as Preferred Bidder to provide probation and rehabilitation services in Greater Manchester & Cheshire; Merseyside; West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire; Humberside & Lincolnshire and Hampshire as part of the UK Ministry of Justice’s Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) programme.
The Partnership is led by Interserve, which is one of the UK’s leading providers of public services, and operates a number of services for Government departments, including DWP; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Defra and the MoD. As well as Interserve, the Purple Futures partnership includes the housing charity Shelter; the drug and alcohol treatment charity Addaction; P3, the national charity providing social inclusion services to people with complex needs; and 3SC, a social enterprise that will build and manage the voluntary sector supply chain on Interserve’s behalf.
The contracts, which will run for seven years (with potential extension to 10 years), will not only see Purple Futures taking over the delivery of all probation and rehabilitation services to low and medium risk offenders in these geographical areas, but will for the first time provide support to offenders who are released after serving prison sentences of less than 12 months. This group, which numbers around 50,000 nationally, currently receives no supervision or rehabilitation support after release despite accounting for the highest rates of re-offending.
Interserve CEO, Adrian Ringrose, said:
“The Purple Futures partnership brings together the best of the private, voluntary and not for profit sectors. Interserve will bring its business expertise, investment capability and public service delivery pedigree. Our four partners, 3SC; Addaction; P3 and Shelter, will bring a wealth of service delivery and community engagement experience. It’s an exciting prospect.
“Probation and rehabilitation services have always been embedded within local communities. By working closely with local businesses, voluntary agencies, local authorities and the police, which are all critical to successful public protection and rehabilitation, we believe we can make a real difference.”
Interserve and its partners have spent over 12 months co-designing services to reduce re-offending, working with local voluntary sector groups who will provide a range of specialised services in local communities designed to improve the life chances of offenders and help reduce reoffending rates.
Representatives from 3SC will be in contact with you regarding the next steps and will keep you informed of progress during the contract mobilisation and transition period.3SC will manage consortia supply chain performance by setting a clear contractual requirement with each organisation (in this case shaped within the Industry Standard Partnering Agreement - ISPA) and deploying the Market Stewardship (‘fairplay’) rules. This work will commence over the coming weeks and finalise early in the new year. Interserve's 'Charity Charter' and 3SC’s supply chain ‘playbook’ sets out the principals of what can offered together and what it expected from its voluntary sector and social enterprise partners.
3SC CEO, Martyn Oliver, said:
“The third sector’s innovation, value, localism and experience is essential to effective reduction in reoffending. This is a cross-sector vehicle integrating partners to deliver one-stop personal solutions to offenders. It’s a proven model that will deliver outcomes.”
For more information about Purple Futures, visit: www.purplefutures.co.uk