1966

 

Nacro is formed from the older National Association of Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Societies. At the first general meeting, Chairman Lord Donaldson proclaims that the new body will be ‘a constant nuisance, a gadfly, a stimulus, a pain in the neck, a focal point’.

1972

 

Nacro Community Enterprises, Nacro’s housing arm, is founded as a subsidiary.

1980

 

Nacro provides work for more than 800 16-18 year olds on work experience schemes.

1983

 

The organisation undertakes a wide range of crime prevention projects on housing estates, where unemployment is as high as 70%.

1986

 

Nacro establishes the Black Initiatives Unit to work with black and minority ethnic communities.

1988

 

Nacro employs 2,353 people, many on government-funded Community Programme schemes for the long-term unemployed.

1989

 

Nacro’s Drug Misuse Prevention Unit works with local communities to develop strategies to help drug users.

1991

 

Nacro’s Mental Health Unit is launched to improve responses to mentally disordered offenders.

1992

 

Nacro’s 42 New Careers training centres support 4,940 unemployed adults and 1,180 disadvantaged young adults.

1999

 

Nacro is awarded the highest grade in a Training Standards Council assessment for its foundation training.

2000

 

Nacro opens its first Football Foundation-funded projects. More than 1,000 young people attend the organisation’s school exclusion and outreach projects.

2000

 

The organisation sets up Marion Parker House, a new project in Manchester specifically for tenants with drug problems.

2001

 

Nacro runs 25 community-based programmes for young people, with the support of 490 volunteers.

2004

 

Nacro wins the Diversity Fellowship Award in recognition of its work to improve equality and diversity in its own services and within the criminal justice system.

2006

 

Through more than 200 projects, Nacro’s 1,400 staff and 1,100 volunteers work with more than 81,000 people. In excess of 17,000 young people are involved in positive activities to prevent them offending. Some 12,500 young people and adults are put on the path to employment through Nacro education and training projects. Nearly 3,400 people are provided with housing and over 5,000 get help through community and family projects.

2007

 

Nacro publishes a good practice guide for youth offending team (YOT) health practitioners, managers and commissioners involved in the provision of mental health services for young people.

2008

 

Nacro collates the first national directory of L&D schemes for the Home Office and the Department of Health. L&D services refer offenders identified in police stations and courts who have mental health needs, learning disabilities, substance misuse issues or other vulnerabilities to an appropriate treatment or support service.

2008

 

Nacro’s Service User Council is created for housing service users.

2009

 

The Bradley Report leads to the development of L&D services in England.

2010

 

Nacro’s Change the Record Campaign is launched. This campaign called on the government to reform the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and Criminal Records Bureau checks.

2010

 

Since 2010 Nacro’s education services have adapted to the changing landscape of education delivering Entry to Employment (E2E), Foundation Learning and study programmes.

2011

 

Nacro responds to Breaking the Cycle: Effective punishment, rehabilitation and sentencing of offenders and the report from the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel.

2012

 

The Beyond Youth Custody (BYC) programme starts. BYC aims to challenge, advance and promote better thinking in policy and practice for the effective resettlement of young people. The programme brings together Nacro, with three research and evaluation partners.

2012

 

Nacro is awarded the contract to lead the Offender Health Collaborative (OHC), a partnership between specialist organisations which was set up to develop an operating model to meet the needs of all those who are in contact with the criminal justice system and have mental health problems and/or a learning disability.

2013

 

Nacro, in partnership with Aquarius and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, launches Recovery Near You, a support service for those concerned about drinking or drug use.

2014

 

Nacro achieves the Investors in People (IiP) Bronze standard.

2014

 

Nacro provides offender management services in 26 prisons including YOIs and in the community.

2014

 

Nacro Community Voice Council is launched for all Nacro service users including its learners. This replaces Nacro’s Service User Council.

2014

 

Nacro Community Enterprises, Nacro’s housing association, transfers all its assets, liabilities and operations to Nacro Ltd and the two organisations became one single entity.

2014

 

Nacro’s Employer Advice Service starts delivering training to employers about employing people with criminal records.

2014

 

Nacro education centres are rated “Good” (Grade 2) by Ofsted, in recognition of the support and care that learners receive at Nacro.

2014

 

The Broxbourne XS Project, which provides positive activities for young people, wins the Mayors’ Award for Service to Sport in the Community.

2015

 

Totton College, a further education college in Hampshire, joins Nacro’s education services.

2015

 

Nacro achieves the Matrix Standard accreditation, a quality standard which assesses and measures the quality of information, advice and/or guidance services.

2015

 

The Broxbourne XS Project wins a TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service) regional award for Excellence in Youth Involvement.

2016

 

Nacro celebrates its 50th anniversary.