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WHAT WE DO


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WHAT WE DO


WHAT WE DO

We want to help prisoners to address their personal issues, and the reasons for their past offending behaviour - with a view to becoming healed, whole, and living complete in their true potential. It is our desire that each person we work with will learn to not be defined by their past but look with hope to their future, beyond the prison gates - knowing their true identity; free from crime, and living healthy and productive lives.

We work through Chaplaincy departments and currently deliver several Courses addressing various issues and root causes of crime, as well as group and individual Bible studies using art and DVDs, in addition to pastoral care and support for prisoners of all faiths and none.

All our courses have Christian foundations but are not faith promoting. Our course facilitators follow chaplaincy protocols regarding proselytising in that we will not try and convert the people that we work with but will be open to share about our personal faith in Jesus Christ if asked.

 

Our ‘Free to Be’ Programme offers:

 

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UNDERSTANDING LOSS COURSE

 

SHINE WOMEN COURSE  

 

VICTIM AWARENESS COURSE

 

UNDERSTANDING FORGIVENESS COURSE

 
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PARENTING COURSE

 

WHERE WE WORK

WE CURRENTLY WORK IN:

HMP Downview

HMP East Sutton Park

HMP Send

 

 

UNDERSTANDING LOSS


The 'Understanding Loss ' course is aimed specifically at women prisoners who are 'stuck' in the grieving cycle and needing help to move on.

UNDERSTANDING LOSS


The 'Understanding Loss ' course is aimed specifically at women prisoners who are 'stuck' in the grieving cycle and needing help to move on.

UNDERSTANDING LOSS

The types of loss covered will not only be loss due to death, but may cover loss of a child whether that is by death, adoption or fostering or loss of a major relationship.  

Topics covered during the sessions include:

  • What is Loss and Conflicting Emotions

  • Being Stuck and The Journey Through

  • Facing the Reality of Loss and Starting to Let Go and Move On

  • Moving On - Turning Points

 

'UNDERSTANDING LOSS' course OUTCOMES

  • Women prisoners have faced aspects of their loss whatever that is for them and been able to talk about it

One of the big barriers to dealing with any type of loss in prison is the inability to trust anyone they might like to open up to and a fear of appearing weak or vulnerable to other prisoners and staff. Having a “safe” confidential space to talk with a small group of people that are going through the same thing, and beginning to look at their loss is extremely important in the process of moving forward.

  • Female offenders understand that there are common emotions that they might be feeling

Prison can be a very isolating place and prisoners will hide their emotions if possible. Understanding that other people share the same emotional turmoil can be very reassuring and help them to find a little peace in what they are facing.

  • Women in prison understand the concept of being “stuck” and how that can affect them and others around them

Because prisoners are not able to go through the same processes or rituals of loss as those “outside”, such as attending funerals, talking easily to family members, discussing with someone who knows them well how they are feeling etc., they will often get stuck at a certain stage of their loss and not be able to move forward. Realising that they are stuck can often help with the process of getting unstuck.

  • They understand they are on a journey and have begun the process of “letting go”

Knowing that you have begun a journey with help and with others creates an encouraging and supportive environment in which to address issues. Helping women to begin the letting go process in this environment opens up the possibility of change.

  • Attendees have learned how to get support in their situation

We spend time in talking about where they can get support should they need it in prison and on the outside. Help and support after the group ends is vital to the on-gong process of letting go and coping with loss. Addressing the issues around not wanting to appear vulnerable in prison or outside is a key to helping them ask for help in the future.

  • The women have tools they can use to help them in difficult times going forward

Gaining tools to cope with sad days empowers them to walk out their healing process in a way that works for them as an individual. Listening to how others cope in prison with loss is important to show them that they don’t have to go through their journey alone and that they can learn from others.

Feedback from the 'UNDERSTANDING LOSS' Courses

“A really insightful course and gives invaluable tools to use.”

“This course has helped me greatly, making me think and accept my loss.”

“This course has given me understanding to my feelings and emotions which has helped me.”

“I found the course very helpful, it brought my emotions to the surface and I was able to talk about how I feel rather than suppressing them. I would highly recommend the course to others.”

 

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UNDERSTANDING FORGIVENESS


Forgiveness, whether it be forgiving oneself or forgiving others, can be a difficult challenge for women in prison.

Our 'Understanding Forgiveness' courses sensitively explore the issues of forgiveness, guilt and saying sorry so that female prisoners can move forward and live a full life.

UNDERSTANDING FORGIVENESS


Forgiveness, whether it be forgiving oneself or forgiving others, can be a difficult challenge for women in prison.

Our 'Understanding Forgiveness' courses sensitively explore the issues of forgiveness, guilt and saying sorry so that female prisoners can move forward and live a full life.

 

UNDERSTANDING FORGIVENESS

Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves; many offenders struggle with this issue.

Over 4 weeks, we look at the definition of ‘Forgiveness’ and the reasons why we need to learn to forgive others and to forgive ourselves.

We explore the process and benefits of forgiving, and examine the things that often get in the way of forgiveness - the obstacles that have to be overcome in order to do this.

We also focus offenders’ attention on the effects of guilt and how best to say, “I’m sorry”, as well as encourage discussion on the times when it is right to ask for forgiveness and the times when it’s ok to say, “I forgive you?”

 

'Understanding forgiveness' course outcomes

  • Women prisoners understand what forgiveness is  

We discuss forgiving others and forgiving ourselves.  Many women carry a tremendous amount of guilt within themselves or anger against those they feel have wronged them in the past.  To be able to forgive you need to know what it actually means to forgive someone.  We stress that it doesn’t mean that you continue in a place that causes you harm or continued distress and talk about how to keep themselves safe should they need to.   

  • They understand the benefits of forgiving 

Not forgiving and holding on to anger, guilt, resentment and bitterness has been shown to cause both emotional and physical problems.  We discuss these issues and help the women to understanding that forgiving is not just important to them now but to their ongoing health and well being.  Letting go of anger and guilt can be a huge step towards finding emotional freedom and peace.  It can also improve behaviour in a prison setting.  

  • Female offenders understand what is involved in forgiving others and themselves  

We go through practically what it means to forgive.  How we do that in a healthy way and how it might look for them as an individual.  This process gives them on-going tools they can use in everyday life and enables them to take these skills and use them going forward.   We also look at forgiving in any close relationships they might have.    

  • They understand that learning to listen to others is important as well 

We look at forgiveness in relationships, understanding why healthy relationships need to work in the benefit of forgiveness, either saying sorry or forgiving others.  We look at communication styles and what is helpful and not helpful when addressing issues they might have with people in their lives.  

  • Prisoners have tools they can use to help them to forgive and let go going forward 

We go through exercises around letting go of negative emotions against others and in themselves, be that anger, bitterness or guilt.  By the end of the course the participants should understand what forgiveness is and how to forgive, say sorry and let most importantly let go. 

 

Feedback from the 'UNDERSTANDING Forgiveness' Courses

“Really enjoyed this course, I can now move on and ask for forgiveness.”

“All resident’s should participate in this course, it’s the first step to one’s healing process.”

“I found it very helpful. It made me realise that I need to forgive in order to move on.”

“This course made me see that I cannot change what has happened, I can’t make someone forgive me but I need to forgive myself and live for the future, not for the past.”

 

SHINE WOMEN COURSE


6 Sessions

SHINE WOMEN COURSE


6 Sessions

SHINE WOMEN

SHINE WOMEN is a unique personal development and group mentoring tool that uses an inspirational, practical and experiential approach to learning. It is founded on the premise that every life counts and has intrinsic value. As a result, individuals are equipped to become effective members of society.

The SHINE course has been running since 1997 with over 20,000 adolescents and women impacted in more than 30 nations.

The SHINE curriculum uses an holistic approach, reinforcing that every individual is unique and therefore different strengths, qualities and skills are to be celebrated.

There are many individuals who struggle with the concept of worth and value due to their core beliefs formed from childhood. The curriculum addresses common issues such as poor self-acceptance, shame, condemnation, low confidence as a result of fear and so forth; providing skills to navigate and overcome challenges through group activities. The program emphasises that to value others, we need to first value ourselves.

The aim of the course is:

For each person to develop an understanding of her own personal worth, strength and purpose and to realise the potential within her to fulfil her desires. 

The course looks at: 

  • Identifying themselves as valuable with much to contribute
  • Building confidence and an understanding of intrinsic value
  • Developing decision making and problem solving skills
  • Understanding that they are able to have a positive influence in their world
  • Identifying personal desires and strengths to motivate them to set and achieve personal goals for their future.

Feedback from the 'Shine women' Courses

“I feel like a somebody now.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course, thank you very much. I felt more positive after it than before.”

“I hope this continues as it is a well needed direction while in prison and also useful in the outside world.”

“It was really good, I feel a lot better about myself than I did yesterday. Thank you for taking time to boost my self-esteem and make me feel like I am worth something.”

“Thank you, you have made me feel positive about myself and my future.”

“Absolutely amazing, you have made me grow as a person, and a woman, and I feel much stronger, and I am valuable and I have worth.”

VICTIM AWARENESS COURSE


4 Sessions

VICTIM AWARENESS COURSE


4 Sessions

VICTIM AWARENESS

"There is no such thing as a victim-less crime."

This course looks at the wider impact of crime on both the victims and the offender, and teaches the principles of restorative justice. It teaches about taking responsibility for one's own actions, with a view to reducing reoffending.

 

Parenting Course


The Parenting Course has been written specifically for prisoners, and bears in mind the fact that these mothers have very limited contact with their children.

We cover three different age groups, Early Years, Primary Years and Teenage Years.

6 Sessions

Parenting Course


The Parenting Course has been written specifically for prisoners, and bears in mind the fact that these mothers have very limited contact with their children.

We cover three different age groups, Early Years, Primary Years and Teenage Years.

6 Sessions

The Parenting course material has been primarily written by Care for the Family and adapted for use within a prison setting. Being very practical and involving group work, the sessions involve personal reflection, group discussion, and interactive participation.

The core aims of these weekly sessions include giving women prisoners the practical tools to enhance their parenting skills and knowledge.

The sessions specifically explore: 

  • What being a parent is really like
  • Children’s needs
  • Feelings & listening
  • Boundaries & parenting styles
  • Keeping children safe
  • Building strong families

Feedback from the Parenting Courses

"I have learnt a lot of parenting skills – I can’t wait to implement it and have quality time with my children. I have learnt that my children are different individual persons and should be treated with respect and care."

 "I have learnt that me being too soft and letting things go needs to stop, I need to stick to what I say. And I’ve learnt that I want to be a better mother and be there for my 2 wonderful children."

 "I have learnt that it is very important to communicate with my children’s carer, and to be a positive role model. I have learnt that they need a happy healthy stable and safe mum."