RAPt Aftercare Service
To provide services to men and women after they have completed the RAPt intensive drug & alcohol rehabilitation programme either in prison or in the community. The aim is to help them make a successful resettlement following release and build a drug and crime free life and a more positive future.
RAPt (The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust)
Completing a RAPt programme is the beginning of a journey; many challenges need to be overcome if people are to maintain their recovery. The prison population as a whole is drawn from highly disadvantaged groups and levels of unemployment and homelessness prior to imprisonment is high. Half of all prisoners lose contact with their families. Leaving prison with no-where to go and no family or friends make our clients vulnerable to relapse – and the cycle begins again.
By providing aftercare services to graduates of the RAPt programme, prior to and following release. Research - our own and external - indicates that aftercare support is crucial to reduce high rates of re-offending. The Reducing Re-offending Action Plan (HO,2004) identified ‘pathways’ which must be addressed if crime is to be reduced. Support to find accommodation, training, employment, financial advice were all among factors considered vital. These are all woven into RAPt’s Aftercare Service.
To give people the support they need to sustain their recovery once they leave the RAPt programme.
Activities» Every client will receive contact details for the Aftercare team when they graduate and thereafter be sent regular updates.
By maintaining contact with RAPt graduates to establish their progress in the community.
To help people access further treatment in the community following release if they need it.
Activities» The Aftercare team will liaise with local authorities to help clients find a place at a secondary rehabilitation treatment facility following release.
» The Aftercare team will liaise with local authorities to secure funding for secondary treatment or consult with RAPt to cover the cost.
By monitoring the number of people helped by the Aftercare team to acces community rehabilitation programmes.
To help people improve their skills to help them find work and help ensure they are not homeless.
Activities» The Aftercare team will advise clients about educational/training opportunities to including making referrals to RAPt’s own Volunteering Programme.
» The team will liaise with agencies in the criminal justice system (probation service etc) to help clients who face homelessness upon release.
By monioroing the number of people referred to the RAPt Volunteering Programme and tracking the progress of RAPt graduates generally.
We will demonstrate our success by continuing to undertake rigorous evaluation showing that the programme helping people towards sustainable recovery. In addition to our standard evaluation procedures we periodically undertake in-depth research. For example, a longitudinal study of the RAPt graduate population is currently underway (Nov 2010) in partnership with Manchester University.
Funding for the RAPt Aftercare Service must be secured year on year. In these difficult economic times there is a risk that sufficient income will not be raised. We minimise this risk by continually exploring new avenues of funding from individuals, trusts and foundations and are optimistic that by continuing to demonstrate good outcomes we will be able to continue to offer this service to RAPt graduates.
Written reports to donors can be sent however often they are required. An annual report is also produced each year and the Journey Magazine, which is written by and for RAPt graduates can also be sent, on request, to donors.
Budget - Project Cost: £100,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £100,000 Salaries Three Aftercare Case Workers and Overheads
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Trusts and Foundations £40,000 Guaranteed
The Aftercare team are based in London, which has the highest rate of violence against the person and risk of personal crime. The reach, however, is UK wide although as the prisons in which we work are based in England, this is where the majority of our clients are based. Across the UK generally crime and anti-social behaviour resulting from addiction is a serious concern. Approx half of all UK prison admissions each year are drug related and alcohol is a factor in half of all violent crimes.
It will directly benefit people addicted to drugs and alcohol who have committed crime in order to fund their addiction. It will indirectly benefit their families and the wider community. Addiction is a disease that damages families for generations (the children of addicts are themselves far more likely to join the cycle of addiction and crime) and the benefits of this work is potentially far greater than just the direct beneficiaries.
RAPt was established in 1992 and has built up a substantial body of knowledge with which to help people overcome addiction and build a drug and crime free life. Last year the RAPt Aftercare Service was Highly Recommended in the Centre for Social Justice Awards which celebrate work that has demonstrated innovation and effectiveness in “addressing the causes of poverty, turning lives around and reversing social breakdown” demonstrating the high quality of this service.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Mike Trace – Chief Executive
Mike has many years experience in the field of addiction/offending. He is also Co-ordinator of the International Drug Policy Forum.
Gail Jones - Head Of Services/ Deputy Chief Executive
Gail has worked for 10 years with addicts and offenders. She is a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals.