CHOICES was established in response to intentions to open up public sector services to private, third sector and small community organisations. The drivers of austerity and localism are leading to widespread recommissioning of criminal justice, health, welfare and social care services. These drivers are complemented by expectation that local community groups and individuals need to take more responsibility for themselves and the areas they live and be ‘assets’ that can be harnessed to create better communities. CHOICES had been established to enable this process and to specifically, help build community assets in local areas experiencing health and social disadvantage, inequality, and higher levels of crime and serious violence. CHOICES has a pioneering new approach to partnership working where we will build sustainable capacity and resilience in individuals and groups so they can contribute positively to local areas and help tackle disadvantage and inequality. CHOICES will respond to wider strategies including: Ending Gang and Youth Violence, Transforming Rehabilitation and Health and Social Care reform.
CHOICES will increase health, wellbeing and emotional and economic resilience and ‘capital’ in individuals, families and community and reduce risks of harm by:
CHOICES and our consortium partners have the potential to realise wide community benefits including social, health, economic and re-generational, through improving individuals’ health, wellbeing and social functioning in order to reduce offending behaviour.