EX-OFFENDERS in Wiltshire are to receive additional counselling, after a Melksham-based charity received a £28,000 grant. Wiltshire MIND received the funds from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon.

CEO David Mckeigue said: “We’ll be working with Swindon and Wiltshire Integ-rated Targets For Change to provide a counselling service.

“Many offenders have underlying issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and when they are released from prison they come back into a cycle of re-offending. This will be about breaking that cycle by tackling those causes.”

The service will be offered in Melksham, Swindon and Salisbury, run by three part-time counsellors and a part-time project manager.