The National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO) derives from the Central Committee of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Societies (established 1877), later the Central Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society, then the National Association of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Societies. The aim of the organisation was to provide assistance and support to those released from prison.
MSS.67D, the Donaldson papers were deposited later. John George Stuart Donaldson, Lord Donaldson of Kingsbridge, was born 9 October 1907. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge University. His early career was spent in farming and he served in the Royal Engineers during the Second World War. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland between 1974 and 1976 and then Minister for the Arts, Department of Education and Science 1976-1979. He received an OBE in 1943 and was created a life peer in 1967.
Lord Donaldson was honorary secretary of the National Association of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society 1961-1966 and chairman of its successor, the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, from 1966. He became the Association's president in 1974. He died in 1998.
Reference: A & C Black, Who's Who, (London, 1978)