About Tempus Novo

Val Wawrosz Johnathan Aitken and Steve Freer

The Award Winning Charity Tempus Novo was born out of the need to challenge the cycle of crime that is costing society dearly. Created in 2014 and with the help of our Trustees we built up a hard working management team to work with those repeat offenders looking for a way out of crime. Our growing number of partners enable us to create employment opportunities which ensure we bridge the gap to move these offenders away from a life of crime.

Together we are creating a safer and more productive society.

It is thanks to Jonathan Aitken’s report “Locked Up Potential” that Tempus Novo was born. This report inspired Steve and Val to consider what more could be done in the world of rehabilitation.

Giving people help to get back on their feet won’t change their past, but it could change their future ~ Sir Richard Branson.

Why focus on employment?

Usually by their mid 30’s most offenders including PPO’s (Prolific and Priority Offenders) are looking for a way out of a life of crime. Tempus Novo are well placed to help them with their team based at HMP Leeds. By engaging those offenders with the desire to change, we will co-ordinate a bespoke and personalised network of services both in custody and on release.Our support strategy often starts several weeks before release from prison and continues for a minimum of 6 months once in employment.

Employment plays a significant part in the rehabilitation of offenders and reduces the risk of reoffending by up to 50%.In fact our latest figures (Oct 2017) suggest it could be higher, as we currently have an 85% retention rate in work.

Unique Selling Points

Experience in the Criminal Justice System

Steve Freer and Val Wawrosz have over 50 years combined experience working with offenders. They have a comprehensive understanding of Offender Management having overseen both Integrated Offender Management units (I.O.M.) and Resettlement teams in Custodial settings.

Working onsite at HMP Leeds and HMP Wealstun

Having office space at the prison is key to successful partnership working. Tempus Novo can facilitate the initial meeting between employers and offenders which in turn breaks down barriers.

Established Relations

As a result of many years of working for the Prison Service, Tempus Novo has well established and trusted relationships with all the agencies who assist with the resettlement of ex-offenders including the Police, probation, housing agencies and drugs support groups.

Keeping it Human Scale

Tempus Novo is in a unique position to tailor the service they provide to each client and provide maximum assistance by maintaining the same support worker throughout a clients sentence and for a specified period after release.

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