We build quality relationships to create positive and practical change that focuses on clients’ priorities. The CLI approach has produced industry leading results by focussing on:
Transforming lives: working within wider projects or as a stand-alone commissioned service, the CLI approach helps 8 out of 10 clients to achieve their personal goals within 3 key rehabilitation areas: Living skills – from managing time, money and accommodation to developing new social networks. Improving wellbeing – emotional, physical and mental health. Taking control – having the motivation and ability to take responsibility for decisions, and reducing or ceasing substance misuse and/or offending behaviour.
Transforming people: we work with ex-offenders from all backgrounds, and have developed specific services for women and families.
From community sentences to coming out of custody, the CLI approach has successfully mentored individuals with multiple complex needs including people with convictions, substance misuse, mental health needs and living through homelessness. We support them to meet their personal rehabilitation goals across the key areas of living skills, improving wellbeing and taking control. With a genuine and committed approach, we build relationships based on the belief in people’s ability to change. We build resilience and reintegrate people back into society, from brokering support with Citizens Advice Bureau, to accessing college courses.
The CLI approach has been developed to create specialised solutions for women who have experience of the criminal justice system or substance misuse. We work in partnership with specialist agencies such as Bedford Women’s Centre to deliver confidence and self-esteem groups, as well as introducing our 1:1 mentoring in a female-friendly environment that will empower women who may feel anxious when accessing support around any issues with substance abuse.
CLI are also keen supporters of the Women’s Voices work, which forms part of Inspiring Change Manchester. This projects seeks to understand the barriers women with complex needs face when accessing support and puts in place practical solutions.
CLI provides mentoring support to families who are undergoing the FDAC (Family Drug & Alcohol Court) process. The FDAC team, which includes both experienced substance misuse practitioners and children and family social workers, is supported by a CLI mentor. Mentors play a crucial role in this process, using their life experiences to promote positive changes in attitudes and approaches to parenting and encouraging individuals to accept the help the professionals are offering.
CLI also offers the New Beginnings peer support group, which was co-produced with people who have dealt with addiction, whether it be first hand or as a family member. The programme provides support to partners and family members of those experiencing problems with offending and substance abuse by promoting assertiveness and positive choices, teaching tools to relieve their own stress and anxiety and empower them to move forward with their lives.
The CLI approach is to find positive outlets in the community for those who are in recovery from substance abuse and/or are ex-offenders. We work with communities to co-produce a range of courses and activities to promote healthy and fulfilling lives as well as providing our high quality mentoring service. Our aim is to create positive change in the people we support and build up social inclusion for clients, who have long felt excluded from society because of their conditions and histories. Transforming lives and communities.
Community groups, businesses and other organisations are welcome to get in touch with us to see if we can help create an opportunity for a service user.
The pioneering CLI approach has grown by achieving industry leading results. Now, commissioners and service providers can learn from the success of the CLI approach through our OCN London approved training centre; offering training and consultancy services delivered by our award-winning team.
Nationally recognised accredited courses
CLI offer organisations that provide mentoring support the chance to recognise the achievements of their staff and volunteers with a Level 2 Award in peer mentoring skills. Through a mix of training, observation and theoretical knowledge, your team can benefit from a bespoke package of accredited training, which provides both quality assurance for the project and recognition for the mentors.
We can work with partner agencies to provide additional nationally recognised accredited qualifications in health and social care, information advice and guidance, mental health and equality and diversity.
Using the success of the CLI approach, the team are able to develop bespoke courses that meet your organisation’s specific needs. Training topics include:
Person centred and strengths based approaches
Understanding criminal identity
Tackling stigma and discrimination
Engaging and retaining service users
Substance abuse awareness
Organisations that provide support services to socially excluded groups such as ex-offenders and those with substance abuse problems can now benefit from CLI’s expertise and experience through the team’s consultancy services.
As an Approved Provider Standard (APS) commended service and best practice provider on the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation quality assurance framework, CLI can support organisations and projects with complex issues such as organisational development, strategic planning, workforce development and culture change, implementing quality assurance and best practice, person centred working, service user involvement or carrying out training needs analyses.
CLI is proud to be achieving best practice in the Mentoring and Befriending Foundations quality assurance framework, in the following areas: client referral, volunteer selection, training and monitoring and evaluation.