Teen Challenge have seen large numbers of men and women get free from addiction and crime, get re-educated and living quality lives that make a difference to society over the last 33 years. They have 6 residential units across the UK and numerous outreach projects working mainly with the people the police have regular dealing with. www.teenchallenge.org.uk
A homeless project in Manchester city centre which is aiming to eradicate homelessness long term with a multi-agency partnership approach and faith communities are central to that.
Redeeming our Communities (ROC) HQ hearing about the various work and projects they are doing, ROC Champions working in schools developing showing children their value and developing positive life skills, ROC restore working with the police to bring about quality resolutions to long standing neighbourhood disputes, bullying etc. thereby reducing demand on police and ROC Coach a professional community mentoring programme which aims to empower disadvantaged children, young people, families, those at risk of offending (depending on the agreed target group) to build resilience in individuals bringing about long term change in lives and communities. Visit www.ROC.uk.com ROC coach is also being rolled out in areas of London to work with families whose children are at risk of offending and getting into drugs.
The Message Trust Manchester, work with a variety of churches. I visited the Enterprise Centre this is a great initiative that is helping people to rebuild their lives through socially responsible business comprises many different aspects of transforming lives and preventing reoffending by providing a holistic support. Over the 5 years they have been running their reoffending rate is less than 10% whilst estimates suggest the national average equivalent could be as high as 80%. They are passionate about seeing lives turned around and those who were part of the problem becoming part of the solution. Visit www.themec.org.uk They also do work in prisons seeing lives transformed and people resettled once out of prison. The Eden project who alongside a local church do detached youth work and help to see long term lasting change in the most deprived communities. Visit www.themessage.org.uk for more information.
Hope Centre Ministries in Cwmbran www.hopecm.co.uk are hosting a recovery conference on 10th December at Victory Church Cwmbran, Wales. If you’re a professional working in treatment wanting to see how they facilitate recovery, a service user who’s searching for hope or a family member who needs to understand the complexity of addiction, this is for you. Attached is a poster with further information.