ROD Group Presents Ex-offenders’ Forum

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Thursday 13th November 2014

Out for Success, which takes place at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, from 2pm on Saturday, 22 November, is a forum for ex-offenders and everyone who’s interested in helping them to reintegrate into society.

The organiser is the UCKG HelpCentre’s Rescue of Dignity (ROD) group and the aim is to highlight both the problems faced by ex-offenders on release and the solutions that are available from various service providers. These covers areas such as education, mentoring, addictions, housing benefit advice and more.

“We will be alerting attendees to the help that’s available for ex-offenders and their families both nationally and in their local communities and explaining how to access these services, “said Charles Ajorgbor, the organiser and leader of the ROD group. “People may expect to leave the event better equipped to reintegrate into society.”

There will be a number of talks; and lawyers, healthcare professionals and others with expertise in issues faced by ex-offenders will be on hand to offer free advice and signposting.

Gus John, a public speaker who works with young people involved with crime will be the main speaker, and will cover the circle of re-offending and the future in society.

Carla from the Haringey alcohol support group HAGA will explore addiction, which is a problem for some ex-offenders, and the solution that organisations like hers offer. Eunice Asmeade from the Haringey Health Trainer Service will provide tips for healthy living and quitting addictions.

The event will feature a monologue from an actor who verbalises the thoughts of an ex-offender around the situations such people commonly face, to reinforce the speaker presentations. There will also be an ex-offender’s case study, and a question and answer session. Everyone who comes along will also have the opportunity to visit various booths for information and advice from the participating organisations.

Charles Ajorgbor concluded: “We look forward to welcoming ex-offenders, their families, organisations that support these service users and all those who have interest in seeing ex-offenders reintegrate into the community.”

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Notes to editors

ROD comprises volunteers from the UCKG HelpCentre who provide support for remand and sentenced prisoners through letter writing and visits.  They help the individuals concerned to deal with both practical and spiritual issues and prepare them for a better way of life on release.

HAGA has been central to the health and well-being of Haringey and its people for the past thirty years.  Its mission is to lead in the delivery of high quality alcohol services that improve the lives of people, including children, affected by alcohol and associated problems.

UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith.

For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on press@uckgnew.org or direct line 020 7686 6033.

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