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Built on the success of the first UK Family Intervention Unit for male prisoners, and the total reverse engineering of the prison visiting facility at HMP/YOI Parc in 2010, Invisible Walls Wales (IWW) consortium successfully secured a grant from the BIG Lottery Fund in 2012 for 3.1 million pounds, the largest single lottery grant awarded to a lone project in Wales to date.
Upon conclusion of the project and funding in May 2017, the contracted milestones and targets had all been met or exceeded.
Such has been the success and reputation of IWW that it has now been jointly funded by G4S and Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service in Wales, as a sustainable service delivery model.
Without exaggeration IWW has created and sustained an extraordinarily positive impact. The work has been visited and shared with successive Justice Secretaries, Prison Ministers, royalty, academics and international dignitaries.
The concept, delivery and emerging outcomes have been presented in various forums and conferences across five continents.
The documents represent over five years of active research and evaluation on IWW, including an economic analysis, independently conducted by the University of South Wales under the auspices of the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice.
Outcomes in terms of re-offending rates and the cost-effectiveness of the project will be shared later in 2018 as the final data becomes available.
The IWW approach is evidence based, and it works. It is also replicable.