ReUnite provides support to women who wish to be reunited with their children upon their release from prison. We work with prison resettlement teams and probation services to support women up to 3 months prior to release and up to 12 months following their release from custody. We provide a programme of personalised holistic support to both the women and their children empowering them to secure appropriate accommodation and gain the life skills needed to begin rebuilding their lives together.
We pride ourselves on our integrity and delivering the services vulnerable women need, which is exemplified by Tracey’s * story.
Tracey’s story is similar to many other women coming out of custody and facing homelessness with no hope for a positive future.
Tracey was referred to ReUnite on release from prison following a sentence for theft. In the years leading up to her prison sentence Tracey had experienced long term domestic abuse, increasingly problematic drug use and the removal of her child from her care. ReUnite supported Tracey to secure accommodation, remain drug free and avoid re-offending. After some time, Tracey became pregnant with twins and though this should have been a happy time she was fearful for her future and the future of all of her children. ReUnite supported Tracey to find accommodation large enough to house the whole family and make an application to the family court to have her older child returned to her. Six months on Tracey and is settled and happy in her new home and hopeful that the whole family will be able together in a safe and secure home.
“It’s been very up and down. There has been a lot of change as I have had to move to a new area, away from family and friends and am now the mother of twin boys. I would probably still be homeless it it wasn’t for ReUnite. Having a home means everything – to have my own place, a roof over our head and somewhere warm and safe for me and my babies means the world”.
* Real name not used
This is a short film which documents a woman’s journey through our ReUnite service. The video was commissioned by our partner agency, Commonweal as part of their 10 year anniversary to highlight the partnership work they do.