Northampton bakery helps women to progress

July 12, 2018 by  

A bakery in Northampton is assisting vulnerable women to avoid reoffending.

The problem is that lots of women enter the local criminal justice system for a short period of time. Many of these individuals have committed crimes with no violence involved, while the mental health of many of them has been poor. In these circumstances, rehabilitation can be a problematic process. The bakery within Northampton aims to get women to work while minimising the crime rate.

The Good Loaf is a pilot scheme. Various government departments including the Department of Health and Social Care are backing the initiative. Social enterprises can use flyer printing from Northampton for promotional purposes. Stephen Mold is the current Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire. He was involved in the development of the concept and explained:

“Short term prison sentences do nothing to deal with the root causes of crime and I believe that where people have particular problems such as mental illness, we should not only seek justice but support them to turn their lives around too.”

National statistics indicate that people on probation frequently have a mental health condition. The same set of figures show that prisoners are more likely to have mental health issues than individuals on probation.

Nearly 80 women have already been assessed for their suitability for the bakery. Several women have received a sentence to participate in the innovative programme. Time will tell whether or not the policy has the power to interrupt the cycle of reoffending.