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March 21, 2010


An automated reminder service using text messages to help young
people keep track of order restrictions, meetings, appointments and
other commitments. MyPA would help a young person manage their time
with YOTs or other people supporting them and could offer tailored
‘nudges’ (for example reminders of appointments the night before) and
also more detailed advice (perhaps public transport information). For
young people with chaotic lives, it could help them manage their time,
commitments and relationships with supporting services….

Phone a friend

A mobile-based system for providing peer-to-peer crisis support for
vulnerable young people who want help getting out of situations where
they feel they might caught up in criminal behaviour and don’t feel
they have anyone else they can talk to. The service will be staffed by
young people who have a history of contact with the criminal justice

Lost and Found

A mobile text system to connect young people to services and
support. Users are asked “What have you lost?” and can respond with
pre-set answers covering different issues e.g. “I’ve lost my head”
(mental health) and “I’ve lost my job” (employment & training).
Users input part of their postcode and get a customised Google-map of
all the relevant services around them with information on opening
hours, contact details and so forth….

Common Ground

This is an idea to provide a safe secure space online for offenders
and victims of crime to engage in dialogue in a restorative fashion.
These discussions would also give the perspective of both parties to
the wider public, transforming their perceptions of young people in
trouble with the law. The web-based system would aid existing
restorative justice processes or all cases where the victim and the
offender want to have a channel of communication….

Service Signposter

Finding accommodation for ex-offenders is particularly challenging.
Service Signposter is a tool to help young ex-offenders find a place to
live by better matching up housing providers with those supporting a
young person through a web-based platform…. It could be a place for housing
providers to post details of availability and suitability of
accommodation and for the people supporting an ex-offender to look up a
suitable place for them to stay. There could even be a way for young
people to rate the accommodation and provide feedback.


An application that helps ex-offenders identify and communicate
their talents and skills beyond those gained from formal
qualifications, creating an online profile or CV that enables them to
access a pool of job opportunities. The interface is designed using
familiar social network language such as “create a profile”,
“applications” and “quiz” to engage the user. The system takes this
information and translates it into a list of skills and abilities in a
language that can be used to write a personal profile (compatible with
traditional careers planning)….

Check out their website.


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