Project Manager: Alison Thorne
Operations and Development Manager: Justine Pearce
Referrals accepted from:
Individuals who wish to use the service (self-referrals), Rotherham police, including the Vulnerable Person’s Unit, Housing, Youth Services, mental health services including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and other local agencies.
Our partners in running this service:
The Rotherham Pathways project is one of six that form part of the T2A Alliance’s three-year national Transition to Adulthood Pathway programme to deliver interventions to young adults involved with the criminal justice system. Together runs the project in partnership with South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).
Who is the service for?
Rotherham Pathways offers support to vulnerable young adults aged 17-24-years-old, in contact with police and emergency services in Rotherham. We work with individuals who are at risk of offending or are at a pre-conviction stage to respond to their needs at the earliest possible stage of contact.
How can we help?
Project staff are available to offer screenings in police custody, and also receive referrals from the Vulnerable Person’s Unit, mental health services including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Housing and other local agencies.
Based on a holistic assessment, individuals are given practical support to manage their mental wellbeing and to access community resources, from employment and training, to housing, mental health and substance misuse services. Our Pathways Workers also support young adults to identify, understand and alter any behaviours that are perpetuating their mental distress. They work with individuals to develop tools that enable them to sustain these changes, for example, emotional awareness, assertiveness, negotiation and problem-solving skills. A key focus is on strengthening their informal support networks and relationships.
Young adults are supported for approximately six months, for up to six hours per week (dependent on individual need) with the aim being that on leaving the service, they will have developed a personal set of resources that will reduce their mental distress, risk of offending and dependency on emergency services.
How can I make a referral?
If you would like to initiate a referral, and the answer is ‘yes’ to all of the questions below, please get in touch:
Is the person you’re supporting:
– aged 17- 24-years-old?
– at risk of (or currently engaging in) low-level offending, arrest or contact with emergency services?
– experiencing distress?
– willing to engage with support?
– NOT already under community supervision