North East Offender Network (NEON)

Barefoot Research and Evaluation coordinates and administers the North East Offender Network (Neon) on behalf of Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE) on a voluntary basis.

Neon is a network of voluntary and community sector organisations that either work or would like to work with (ex) offenders and their families. It was set up by ourselves and VONNE in Autumn 2008 for several reasons:

The ultimate objective is to improve the services that are delivered to (ex) offenders and their families in the North East.

If you are a voluntary or community sector organisation, you can join Neon for free. We will keep you up-to-date with what’s happening both nationally and in the region, let you know about funding opportunities, training and events and any other interesting things that are happening.

There is also an online directory where you can look what other organisations are doing in the area and also where you can post your details to show others what you do. It’s somewhere to showcase all your good work.

To join the network, simply fill in the simple online membership form.

Visit the Neon directory


"Barefoot did a fantatsic job of our evaluation. In particular, their approach to working with our service users was very impressive. The evaluation has answered many of our questions, but also asked us more, which gives us a great opportunity for the future."

Jayne Butler, Manager, The Comfrey Project

"As an organisation we felt that Barefoot did an excellent job of listening and understanding the needs of our review... We were thrilled with the final report; as well as being a very good read, the presentation and quality was excellent."

Cath Carnaby, Manager, Women's Health Advice Centre

"I am pleased with the honesty and thoroughness with which he (Christopher) dealt with the project. Thanks to the evaluation we now have a number of questions answered and a clear way forward."

Maureen Pearson, Area manager North East, Parentline Plus