My name’s Jonathan Ley and I am the Founder of the social enterprise Make Time Count Today.
In 2018, after a 16 year career in Consulting and Banking, I was asked to provide consulting support to the London Probation Service.
This was my first exposure to Criminal Justice. I never expected the impact this experience would have on me.
Shock is the best word to describe my initial reaction.
Shock at the way people are treated.
Shock at the processes, perhaps not designed to make people fail, but certainly not designed to make it easy for them to succeed.
Shock at the dearth of technology.
It's no wonder that 60% of people reoffend. It's also no wonder that we send 25% of prison leavers back to prison. I knew there must be a better way; so I talked to probation officers and people on probation.
My simple question was, “how can I help?” I learned so much, and that gave me the ‘big idea’.
As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child,” and I knew technology was the answer to connecting people to create a "village of rehabilitation".
Supported by data science, to give us a real understanding of what works when it comes to stopping the cycle of reoffending.
Based on those conversations we built our "AirBnb for Help".
Supported users at London Probation and have begun working with Police forces around the country.
From April 2023, the Crime and Sentencing bill is mandating a rehabilitative focus on crime. Something our platform is perfect to support.
For our efforts in bringing Innovation to this sector, we have been awarded:
An InnovateUK grant, ranked in the top 1% of submissions A Police STAR Grant (Scientific, Technology Analysis and Research) to provide a solution for Out of court Disposals Downselected as part of the MOJ’s Prison Leavers programme, recognised as one of the Top 9 ideas supporting prisoners coming out of prison Beyond supporting users directly with our products, as a social enterprise, we have committed 51% of profits to a fund that will reinvest in businesses started by vulnerable people.