The Forward Trust

The Forward Trust: Helping to reconnect families

Helping offenders in recovery from addiction to break the cycle of crime and addiction by providing them with the support they need to rebuild and maintain healthy relationships with their loved one, which contributes fully to recovery and rehabilitation.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1001701)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£40,000

Amount raised

£27,060

Donations

113

Championed by Monday Charitable Trust

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Positive social connections can play a pivotal role in reducing reoffending: 39% of prisoners say that support from their family would help them to stop reoffending and 36% say that seeing their children would motivate them to stay away from crime (MOJ, 2017). However, over 40% of prisoners lose contact with their families when they enter prison and only 1 in 3 are supported by prison staff to rebuild and maintain ties with their families, due to chronic understaffing and underfunding.

Solution

Our Connections Service supports offenders with substance misuse issues (whose family dynamics are made more complex by their addiction and associated behaviours) to understand the impact of addiction on the lives of their family and loved ones. We help offenders to improve and maintain relationships with family members, and bring together their loved ones to help understand the nature of addiction and crime and how they can support their loved ones with recovery.

  • "The Family Ties Programme helped me learn about the boundaries between addiction and my family and made me realise how my addiction affects others. Before I was in recovery Christmas was about myself and how drunk I could get, but this year it’s all about my kids and what I can finally give them."

    — Katie