The Forward Trust

RAPt Atercare programme

RAPt's Aftercare programme is specifically designed to support ex-offenders, who have completed the RAPt drug treatment programme. The Aftercare team support them before and after release from prison, to ensure they receive vital support necessary for them to avoid relapse and re-offending.

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RAPt treats men and women caught up in the cycle of addiction whilst in prison and helps them to turn their lives around, using the 12 Step model. All clients will have completed at least 20 weeks of therapeutic treatment and will be abstinent of drugs and alcohol. RAPt has found that many difficulties arise at the point of release back into the community. Many RAPt clients are extremely vulnerable at the prison gates and have no where to go and some return to their old habits as they have no support or place to stay. The RAPt aftercare service ensures that they are picked up at the gate and taken to a suitable hostel or secondary drug treatment centre. With the help of the team, ex-offenders can carry on their addiction treatment, find housing and look into resettlement packages including education and training. Some clients go to the RAPt residential treatment unit, The Bridges in Hull. Clients can stay up to a period of six months and are provided with a holistic package of support including basic life skills and addressing educational needs too. RAPt currently supports about 500 clients each year and many of these need continuing support at the prison gate. Most of RAPt's treatment programmes in the prison are funded by the government but aftercare has not been recognised as a fundable programme. Therefore RAPt relies on charitable support to continue its vital care in the community.

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