Posted on June 11, 2018
The Bedford Row Family project has received funding from one of The Community Foundation for Ireland’s family funds to support their Men’s Group for former offenders.
According to Bedford Row when a man goes to prison often he is forgotten about by family support services. Yet he almost always remains a very significant figure in his children’s lives. The Bedford Row Men’s Group assists men in meeting their responsibilities as Dads. As is well known such men are generally reluctant to seek support for themselves and this is a big societal challenge and can lead to larger problems.
The Men’s Group, working in partnership with Limerick Prison, runs the Group to provide opportunities to men in prison. All Dads are motivated by the prospects of their children doing well in life and prisoners are no different. This programme has been running since 2011 and as a result many men have built bridges with their families and have overcome addictions to drink/drugs.
Over the next year it is estimated that 12 – 15 men will have improved their circumstances considerably, reduced suicidal ideation, drug misuse and alcohol addiction, and improved their accommodation prospects by stability in tenancy, hostel accommodation, or reconnecting with their families. Previously, men involved in the Group have gone on to further education and this has greatly improved the self-esteem of the male participants.
The Men’s Group integrates seamlessly with other work in the Project and an estimated 60 family members who need support themselves will experience positive change as a result of the Men’s Group and the grant provided by the family fund at The Community Foundation for Ireland.