SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

Introduction

The ISCOS Support Group is an initiative where ex-offenders can receive both emotional support and practical advice among positive peer groups. By providing a safe, friendly and supportive environment that encourages mutual sharing and working towards overcoming common challenges, participants leave these sessions feeling empowered and encouraged.

Who should participate?

All ex-offenders are welcome to join the Support Group sessions, especially those who are facing reintegration difficulties and looking for peer support. We also welcome those who wish to share their experiences, coping strategies and resources to help others during the sessions.

Details:

Type: Men's Support Group

Frequency: Fortnightly (Every 1st Thursday and 3rd Wednesday of the month)

Venue: ISCOS Office

Time: 7pm to 9pm

(For more information on Mothers’ Support Group and Youth Engagement Platforms, click here.)

If you are interested to come for the Support Group sessions, please call 6743 7885 or email [email protected].

We are also looking for ex-offenders who are keen to sign up as facilitators of the Support Group. Please contact us at 6743 7885 for more information.

More Information

Objectives

  • Build a pro-social support network and encourage participation in pro-social recreational activities
  • Improve participants’ knowledge of coping strategies and community resources
  • Encourage empowerment of individuals through peer facilitated self-help groups

Structure and Discussion Topics

In Support Groups, participants are free to share their experiences and emotions pertaining to their reintegration journey. Guided by staff and peer facilitators, every session lasts approximately 2 hours.

Common topics that may be raised include:

  • Coping with issues at workplace
  • Housing and other financial issues
  • Family and peer relationships
  • Building and maintaining motivation
  • Coping with temptations

To encourage pro-social and positive lifestyles, regular leisure activities will be organised to complement the Support Group sessions to enhance interaction and networking among the participants. Other activities may also be included – for instance, guest speakers may be invited to share knowledge and experience in specific areas of interest.

Participation Level

Referral and Connect

ISCOS can help to connect ex-offenders with external partners or agencies to address other areas of needs such as housing and financial assistance. Referrals are made by writing to other relevant support agencies and providing ex-offenders with the relevant information, such as the key documents they need to produce.