A Snapshot of The Full Story

Our core values are Personal, Bespoke and Sustainable.” The benefits of working to these values has become clearer now more than ever as COVID-19 gives us a chance to reflect on our work through the years. 

Founded in 2014 by then two serving Senior Prison Officers at HMP Leeds, Tempus Novo operates to identify exoffenders (people with criminal convictions) committed to transforming their lives. Upon release, they continue to work with Tempus Novo to gain employment whilst also receiving hands on mentorship and support for a minimum of 12 months. 

The Tempus Novo model is based on being bespoke, personal and sustainable, it’s in our DNA. We work with a growing number of employers in and around Yorkshire who share the same vision and are willing to give ex-offenders a second chance. 

Through the years we have amassed a list of fantastic ambassadors that have helped us through many stages of our growth.  

Most recently we were involved with our brilliant ambassador, Dolly Theis (pictured in the header), as we paid tribute to Jo Cox, sadly taken from us far too soon and in tragic circumstances for The Great Get Together – as we raised a cuppa with a wonderful group of people (digitally of course) in her memory.  

Jo Cox said: “We have more in common than divides us.” This is true, and is the message that we deliver at our first assessments to all of our service-users.

The last 6 years have seen Tempus Novo go from strength to strength and under clear leadership from Steve Freer and Val Wawrosz, we have now helped 424 people into employment.  

From working on the wings of various prisons and over 3 decades, Steve and Val saw the benefit employment could have in giving ex-offenders a real chance of changing their lives and moving away from re-offending.  

Initially they faced one hell of a challenge proving that ex-offenders could be anything other than re-offenders, but now with 6 years proof of concept it’s safe to say their optimism and vision was correct.  

The model has now placed 424 people into work and of those, only 23 or 5.4% have returned to prison(MOJ C-Nomis checked nationally). Compare this to the national average of 64% of prisoners reoffending after 2 years of release, our numbers show that employment of expertly risk-assessed offenders, coupled with a bespoke support package, delivered by the same caseworker is vital in ensuring reoffending is further reduced in the future.  

The whole team works with passion and a great deal of enthusiasm to deliver the sustainability Tempus Novo is known for. 

As a result of their outstanding efforts Tempus Novo has won the most prestigious of awards ‘Best in Category for Justice UK’ at the Centre for Social Justice Awards 2019, and later partnered with the Centre for Social Justice in their Alliance Partnership programme.  

Val (speaking) and Steve (right) accepting the ‘Best in Category for Justice UK’ award at the Centre for Social Justice Awards 2019.

The pandemic has proved to be an extremely difficult time for all and although jobs are scarce, we have still managed to get ex-offenders into work, most notably at Clipper Logistics helping to stock our hospitals with vital protective equipment and also Culina Logistics where our service-users were helping to keep supermarkets stocked during the initial panic buying the country experienced. 

Tempus Novo is now recognised as a leader on rehabilitation in the criminal justice system in the UK, but we are always looking to improve. We believe that by adding an International Advisory Board with members from as far away as Australia and India, the existing executive board will be significantly strengthened and much better placed to navigate whatever challenges lie ahead. 

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