HMP & YOI Styal
In HMPYOI Styal Reflex Outreach workers carry out detached youthwork, talking to young people walking around the prison and on the wing to build positive relationships. They also work on the mother and baby unit and within the chaplaincy. Our youth workers start by befriending, chatting and visiting young people and they also receive referrals for vulnerable young people who require extra support.
Reflex Outreach workers run life skills sessions with young people in the Young Offender House. This is mainly for the women who have disengaged with the prison’s education programmes, due to low self-esteem or an inability to interact in formal group settings. The young people on our life skills course learn and apply a range of life skills from cooking to managing negative thoughts and emotions. These sessions build confidence, re-engage the young participants with education and prepare them for life after release, they have attracted glowing reports from the prison. This has led to a new project that uses art skills to build up the confidence of the ten most vulnerable women on the wing.
Reflex also run mentoring programmes with the mother and baby unit, looking at inspirational women throughout history and seeing what we can learn from them.
In the chapel, Reflex facilitate faith-based discussion groups that lead to transformed lives, as the young women grow in self-worth and improve their mental state and outlook, for instance, we have seen many young women stop self-harming.
Finally, we are able to refer women on to our Resettlement Programme on release, where they can continue to develop their skills and education. Reflex are able to help the young people practically, to find a job, housing, and a community that will accept them.