SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

ISCOS Support Group

To ease the members’ reintegration journey, ISCOS Support Group is formed to provide a safe, friendly yet supportive environment where members receive both emotional and practical help, in a casual group setting. As group members come together regularly to share on their coping strategies and resources, members facing similar issues leave these sessions feeling empowered, encouraged and endowed with a strong sense of community and solidarity.

Objectives

~ Build a pro-social support network consisting of peers and volunteers
~ Improve participants’ knowledge of coping strategies or community resources
~ Encourage participation in pro-social recreational activities
~ Encourage self-empowerment through peer facilitated self-help groups

Structure & Discussion Topics

ISCOS Support Group takes on an unstructured discussion approach where participants are free to share their experiences and emotions pertaining to their reintegration journey. Every monthly session will be guided by peer facilitators and volunteers, and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. All members are welcomed to sign up for the sessions.

Common reintegration issues that may be raised during the Support Group sessions include, but not limited to :

~ Coping with issues at workplace
~ Housing & other financial issues
~ Family & peer relationships
~ Building & maintaining motivation
~Coping with temptations

Pre- & Post- Session Activities

To encourage pro-social and positive lifestyles, regular leisure activities will be organised to accompany Support Group sessions to enhance interaction and networking among the participants. Other activities may also be included, such as the invitation of guest speakers to share knowledge and experiences in specific areas of interest for the members.

Who should participate?

~ All ex-offenders are welcome to join the ISCOS Support Group
~ Those who are facing reintegration difficulties
~ Those who wish to share on their experiences, coping strategies and resources
~ Those who are looking for peer support

Participation Levels

Support and guidance

Support Group Information

Type: Men’s Support Group
Frequency: Fortnightly (Every 2nd & 4th Thurs of the month)
Venue: ISCOS Office
Time: 7.30pm to 9pm

Type: Women’s Support Group
Frequency: Monthly (Every last Wed of the month)
Venue: ISCOS Office
Time: 7.30pm to 9pm

If you are interested to join the ISCOS Support Group, kindly contact 6743 7885.

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