Our Story

The Award Winning Charity Tempus Novo was born out of the need to challenge the cycle of crime that costs the UK economy £18 BILLION per year!
The Founders

Tempus Novo was founded by Steve Freer and Val Wawrosz. Between them, Steve and Val have almost 60 years combined experience working with offenders in prisons throughout the country, most recently at HMP Leeds. They have a comprehensive understanding of Offender Management having overseen both Integrated Offender Management (IOM) units and Resettlement teams in custodial settings.

Together with their President, former Cabinet minister and ex-offender Jonathan Aitken, and their Trustees, Tempus Novo also enjoys a strong relationship with both ministers and officials at the Ministry of Justice and elsewhere inside Government.

Why Focus on Employment?

Usually by their mid 30’s many 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 12 months once in employment. Employment plays a significant part in the rehabilitation of offenders and reduces the risk of re-offending by up to 50%. In fact our latest figures suggest it could be higher, as we currently have an 80% retention rate in work.

Unique Selling Points

Experience in the Criminal Justice System
Steve Freer and Val Wawrosz have over almost 60 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.

Risk Assessment
The comprehensive Tempus Novo risk assessment considers all information from Police, Prisons and Probation systems.

A Tried and Tested Model that Works
Launched back in 2014, we are well established with a proven track record. Tempus Novo offer a minimum 12 months, seemless personal mentoring service to BOTH the employee and the employer.

Join the revolution

There are many ways you can become involved with Tempus Novo and help us make a difference. From employing a TN Graduate, through to sponsorship and fundraising.

Tempus Novo aims to be politically neutral at all times