Prison Work

Remar UK in Scotland works alongside Pastor Colin Cuthbert and Christian Prison Ministries, a Scottish registered charity, taking part in their programme of Prison Breakfasts in HM Prison Ashwell Oakham. These events are held weekly in the local prisons, where the word of God, testimonies, worship and counselling are shared with the inmates, many of whom have struggled with problems of alcohol or drug addiction.

These activities provide the opportunity for our Remar workers to offer ongoing help to those individuals who are soon due to complete their sentence and will be facing the challenge of returning to normal life in society.

Remar UK in Scotland is planning to run shortly a residential programme for those ex-offenders who wish to spend some time serving voluntarily within the organization, receiving training in work skills, and developing a Christian character and good habits, in preparation for reinsertion in society or, as a possible alternative, missionary work in one of the "sister" Remar centres worldwide.

Why is the Remar Association social work so relevant in today's prison?

Read the facts and you will see that the high consumption rate of drugs amongst offenders makes Remar drug abuse expertise very pertinent and useful. Our experienced teams quickly inspire confidence amongst inmates as they can offer encouragement from a "been there and done it" stand point and can offer hope that they can change too if they are willing.

FACTS: In a research study 261 by the Home Office regarding Young offenders revealed that substance use was also very high. Over 85% had used cannabis, alcohol and tobacco. Alcohol, tobacco and cannabis were more strongly related to offending than were other drugs. Some key factors were related to both substance use and offending: life difficulties and events; disliking and being excluded from school; lack of positive coping mechanisms; and expecting to get into trouble again. However, growing up with one parent was not related to offending or drug use. The young people felt they had received a lot of help from services (mainly GPs and social workers) but that the quality of the help had been low. Individual counselling or small-scale interventions may be more appropriate than generic services to deal with the diversity of substance use in this group.

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