A recent report analysing the social return on investment (SROI) of YSS’ Chrysalis women’s service demonstrates a return of £5.92 for every £1 spent.

The study was commissioned by YSS to analyse the impact of the service, which is designed to enable and empower women who are in the criminal justice system, are at risk of offending or are victims of offenders to overcome disadvantage, inequality and poverty whilst increasing financial resilience.

The total cost of service delivery is £16,197 and the total social value of the service is calculated at £95,806

Research has shown that women in the Criminal Justice System or victims of offenders can often feel isolated and disengaged from their local communities, due to feelings of shame, low self-esteem or personal and social problems. Sometimes they have poor problem solving skills and can struggle to think positively about their future. The women-only Chrysalis service, delivered in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and funded by Smallwood Trust, seeks to enable and empower women and their families to overcome disadvantage, inequality and poverty whilst increasing financial resilience.

Debb Grantham, YSS Director and lead for the Chrysalis service, said: “I’m delighted that we’re clearly providing a level of support that is over and above what is expected of the service. The report suggests that this is largely attributable to the approach of our Chrysalis key worker in engaging and supporting the women she works with. Chrysalis is such an important service, as nothing else like this exists for women in the area who are in, or at risk of being in criminal justice system (CJS), either as perpetrators or victims.”

Chrysalis’ mission is “to enable women to become financially resilient by equipping them with the skills they need to secure a confident financial future.” YSS provides grants to organisations and individuals and work with selected partners to help women overcome financial adversity and to improve their social and emotional well-being.

A recent award of £10,000 from the Tampon Tax fund is enabling YSS to launch Chrysalis+ in Herefordshire, which works with young women at risk of social isolation. Smallwood Trust have also provided additional funding to expand the Chrysalis service into Herefordshire.

Read the full SROI report here.