YSS awarded West Mercia offender management services contract

West Mercia Probation Trust hands out a five-year deal worth between £5m and £10m

Social exclusion charity YSS has won a contract worth between £5m and £10m to involve the voluntary sector in delivering offender services in West Mercia.

West Mercia Probation Trust, which is responsible for supervising offenders, last week awarded YSS a five-year deal with the option of a two-year extension.

YSS was awarded the contract to become the trust's ‘preferred partner' after a formal tendering process that attracted bids from private sector companies and charities.

Under the terms of the deal, YSS will provide services on behalf of the trust, which is funded by the National Offender Management Service, and will increase the capacity of the voluntary sector in West Mercia to provide offender services.

Rob Smith, chief executive of YSS, said: "This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance and develop the capacity of the local voluntary sector by tapping into grass-roots agencies and community resources.

David Chantler, chief executive of the probation trust, said the initiative would "develop a service that fully utilises the skills and capabilities of local third sector organisations".

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