Our History

A Charity built on a Crown

Who we are:
Progress to Change is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. The charity has always had close links with the Anglican Church in this area, but our Trustees operate independently, and we receive no direct funding from the Diocese.

Our Foundations.
The charity has its origins in the Church of England Temperance Society. In 1876 Frederick Rainer, a printer from Hertford, wrote to CETS deploring the fact that if a person got into trouble through drink, there seemed no hope for him. Rainer enclosed five shillings (a crown) to start a fund to help such people. This led to the appointment of Police Court Missionaries. This part of CETS became known as the National Police Court Mission (NPCM).

We still have a 5 shillings piece as a reminder of our roots.

Progress to Change owns and runs two Approved Premises in the Leeds area, Ripon House, and Cardigan House. Cardigan House opened in 1932 as a boys’ home and Ripon House opened as a girls’ hostel in 1946. The hostels were originally run entirely on donations and fund-raising until 1976, when they became Probation and Bail Hostels for adults. The charity now has a contract with the Ministry of Justice, which provides running costs, though the Trustees of the charity remain responsible for the buildings, as owners, and they also support both hostels in other ways.
Each hostel has its own operational manager and staff team. Our Chief Executive Officer oversees all aspects of their work and, under the direction of the Board of Trustees, ensures high standards of practice are maintained and developed.
The hostels work in close partnership with the Ministry of Justice and National Probation Service. We are focused on Public Protection and the rehabilitation of those residents who come through our doors.

Cardigan House

Cardigan House – 90 Years Working with Offenders.

Opened as a boys’ home in 1932, Cardigan House now provides enhanced supervised accommodation for offenders who have been released from prison on Licence and are deemed to pose a high risk of harm, and high risk of re-offending.

There is a structured programme of activities designed to help residents develop personal skills and improve self-esteem. The activities include cooking on a budget, music, financial management, health and well-being, horticulture, and woodwork workshop. Staff support residents to develop their skills and manage their lives.

Ripon House

Ripon House – 75 Years Supporting Female Offenders

Ripon House opened in 1946 as a girls’ hostel. In the early 1970’s it became a hostel for adult bailees, accepting both men and women. The building was altered to provide separate accommodation and some privacy for the women. Then in 2006 Ripon House again changed, becoming a women’s Approved Premise.
Ripon House provides enhanced supervision and a structured programme of activities aimed at supporting residents and building self-esteem. These include arts, crafts and music groups, healthy living and exercise programmes, financial management and cooking on a budget.