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GEO UK, Mercia Community Action and Willowdene Rehabilitation Announce Partnership for TR Competition

Friday, March 14th, 2014

GEO UK, Mercia Community Action and Willowdene Rehabilitation Announce Partnership for TR Competition

The GEO Group UK Ltd, West Mercia Community Action (MCA) and Willowdene Rehabilitation have today announced that they are to form a partnership to bid for the Ministry of Justice's Transforming Rehabilitation competition in the West Mercia and Warwickshire region.


Phil Watkins, GEO UK's Managing Director said:

"We are delighted to be announcing our relationship with Mercia Community Action and Willowdene Rehabilitation today. I am impressed by their vision, dedication, and professionalism to deliver services which will reduce re-offending rates, and manage risk appropriately to keep the public safe. We have an excellent track record, and together we can offer the Ministry of Justice an innovative and strong proposition."


Manjinder Purewal, Director of MCA, said:

"The staff who make up Mercia Community Action have been managing offenders for many years, helping them to turn their lives around. We are excited by the opportunities this competition brings and are delighted to be working with GEO UK and Willowdene Rehabilitation to build services which will serve the needs of offenders and the local communities of West Mercia and Warwickshire"


Dr. Matt Home, Willowdene Rehabilitation's Managing Director said:

"Willowdene Rehabilitation is excited to be part of this joint venture, bringing our extensive experience of helping individuals to address their offending behaviour, come off drugs/alcohol and gain skills to help them secure employment. We believe that together, we will provide offenders with the right support to stop offending and make a positive contribution to society."



Editors' notes:


1. The GEO Group UK Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The GEO Group Inc., a world-leading private offender management company with strong criminal justice experience in the UK, United States, Australia and South Africa managing over 70,000 offenders. In the UK, GEO operates Immigration Removal Centres for the Home Office and the Prisoner Escort and Custody Services contract for the Ministry of Justice through its joint venture GEOAmey.


2. Mercia Community Action (MCA), is a not-for- profit staff mutual comprising the staff groups of the current West Mercia and Warwickshire Probation Trusts.


3. Willowdene Rehabilitation is an established social enterprise in Shropshire providing effective Rehabilitation and Training, through delivery of structured day and residential programmes for men and women with a history of offending and/or substance misuse.



4. The Ministry of Justice's Transforming Rehabilitation competition was launched in September 2013. Further details can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.


For more information about the GEO-MCA-Willowdene Joint Venture, please contact:

GEO UK's Press Officer on 01628 519900 or 07710 489048.

www.geomerciawillowdene.co.uk