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ISCOS eNewsletter Issue 26
Doing LEAP with NETS
We had a successful LEAP on 16 June 2017! With the help of eleven volunteers from NETS, we helped a family transform their living space into a more conducive study area for the children.  Armed with paints and brushes and a giving heart, the volunteers sweated and got their hands dirty for this full day makeover and the results were AMAZING! On behalf of the family especially the children, thank you for all the hard work! 

The Learning Environment Assistance Project (LEAP) is an initiative under ISCOS' Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) that supports children who do not have a conducive home study area.  To know more about this programme or keen to volunteer, please email fgp@iscos.org.sg or call Durga at 6743 7885.
WHAT'S NEW? 
ISCOS is now officially a disbursing agency for
The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund
(STSPMF or “Fund”)
With this new appointment, we hope that more children of ex-offenders from low-income families, including those under the Fairy Godparent Programme 

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund has disbursed more than $55 million since its inception and helped over 150,000 cases of children and youth in providing them with monthly school pocket money.

Starting from 1 July 2017, ISCOS becomes one of the disbursing agencies for STSPMF, a community project initiated by The Straits Times in 2000 to provide pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school.(FGP) can apply through
ISCOS and benefit from the Fund.

To find out more on how to apply, please email fgp@iscos.org.sg or call Durga at 6743 7885.
Sneak Preview: Father's Support Group
Some said: A father is the pillar of strength and the backbone of the family.  But what if this pillar stumbled and the backbone became bruised, how will he rise and regain his strength?

Recognising that family support is one of the crucial steps towards successful reintegration, we believe that parenting plays a huge part in creating happy families. It could very well start with the fathers, who are expected to lead, provide and care for their children and family. 

That is why we plan to launch an exclusive Father's Support Group soon! To make sure we start off on the right foot, we had a special Focus Group discussion with some of the fathers among our members in May. Facilitated by ISCOS Deputy Director, Mr Elvis Overee, the session focused on understanding the challenges commonly faced by fathers after their release from prison. The discussion also touched on the needed skills and knowledge for fathers to reintegrate into society and their families, and how ISCOS can provide assistance to bridge the gap. 

We are definitely excited to embark on this new initiative. Watch this space and follow us on Facebook for more updates about our future events and happenings!
A Fun and Unique ISCOS Support Group Outing
The first quarterly ISCOS Support Group Outing for 2017 was held on 1 April 2017 at Ngee Ann Poly's Dialogue in the Dark premises. This time around, our members had a unique experience navigating in an environment in complete darkness with the help of guides who are partially blind. It was indeed a fresh kind of experiential learning for our members to develop greater empathy to those who are visually impaired, knowing how everyday tasks can become extraordinary challenges for them. Through this experience, our members came to appreciate even more the value of communication and be grateful for whatever they have in life.

The Support Group is an initiative under the ISCOS Support and Guidance Branch. Wish to find out more? Please email admin@iscos.org.sg or call Nicholas at 6743 7885.
Learning Leadership at the FGP Tri-event
Under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP), three workshops for the children, youth beneficiaries, and their parents were conducted at the Singapore Management University premises on 20 May 2017.

About 70 participants attended the session from 10am to 3pm with "Leadership" as its main theme.  The Saturday event was the second leg of the 2017 tri-event series the FGP lined up for its beneficiaries to create effective communication and to form the mind-set of leadership, importance of support, trust and self-awareness within the family.

We are delighted to have worked with The Mapping Academy Pte Ltd for facilitating the workshops for the respective groups. The participants really enjoyed the sessions!
All Abuzz at ISCOS Mini Job Fair 2017
On 28 April 2017, ISCOS organised a Mini Job Fair to assist our members in finding a suitable job or better employment and offering an additional source of income for those who are currently employed.

We are grateful for the support of the employers who participated in the event - Popeye's, JQ Manpower Solutions and Hamny Pte Ltd – to avail various work positions in full time, part time and casual employment to our members. Approximately 35 ISCOS members turned up with their families and friends at the four-hour event where they made enquiries and underwent interviews by the companies, with some even offered the job on the spot!  To provide a wholesome experience, our very own ISCOS staff were also there throughout the job fair to help with all the enquiries and provide interview tips to the applicants.

To our partnering employers, thank you for willing to open up job opportunities and for believing in second chances!

The ISCOS Job Fair is an initiative of the Training & Employment Division in support of ex-offenders' reintegration. For more information, please email admin@iscos.org.sg or call Brian at 6805 0817.
ISCOS Members Lend Time and Energy
in Charity Car Wash
ISCOS was happy to be part of the Sengkang Central Charity Car Wash 2017 organised by Compassvale Coris RC on 20 May 2017. The event was an annual initiative by the RC to help raise funds for the less fortunate families within Sengkang Central.

Responding to the call, our member Jabez roped in seven of his friends and co-workers to volunteer for the car wash event which lasted from morning till afternoon. He has participated in similar events for the past few years, believing that this is one of the meaningful ways to give back to society.
 
Another shining example of empowering our members to become stable and socially responsible individuals - we are very proud of you, Jabez and friends!
ISCOS 27th Annual General Meeting – Full House!
We concluded our 27th Annual General Meeting on the evening of 22 May 2017 held at the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA) auditorium. During the meeting, we shared with our members the accomplishments in 2016 as well as our future plans and directions to further support our members and beneficiaries. Once again, ISCOS would like to thank all members who took their time off to attend this important meeting!
The CARE Network Workplan Seminar 2017
ISCOS was glad to take part in the CARE Network Workplan Seminar held on 26 May 2017 at Sheraton Hotel. Banking on this year’s theme, “Connect. Collaborate. Co-create – Beyond Aftercare”, the event was an annual platform to engage CARE Network partners and share with them the Workplan, trends, and challenges in the aftercare sector. It also provided opportunities for aftercare practitioners and professionals to learn about new initiatives and best practices in the sector.

Although this is not our first time participating in such event, what made it more special this year was the opportunity for some of our members to participate in the panel discussion and symposium. During these segments, five of our members took turns to share their first-hand account of experiences and struggles throughout their reintegration journeys, which offered a varied perspective for aftercare agencies to learn and improve ways to help ex-offenders.  

The Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) Network was formed in May 2000 to co-ordinate and improve the effectiveness among many agencies' effort in engaging rehabilitative works for ex-offenders in Singapore. For more information about CARE Network, please refer to http://www.carenetwork.org.sg/ 
ISCOS Fireside Chat
It was great to catch up with some of our members during the Fireside Chat held on 22 June 2017, where we had a fruitful discussion and sharing over topics such as the importance of having positive communities and parent support systems. We also gathered very useful feedback from the members, in a continuous bid to improve our programmes and services.

As a co-operative for ex-offenders, we stay true to our mission of offering practical and relevant help to members throughout their reintegration journeys. This would not be made possible without the support from the community - our corporate sponsors, donors, employers, and volunteers. Thank you very much! 

To find out more about ISCOS and the work we do, please call 6743 7885 or email marketing@iscos.org.sg.
Fresh from the oven - ISCOS Annual Report 2016
The ISCOS Annual Report 2016 is finally out! Our theme this year remained as “You’ve Got A Friend”, staying true to our commitment to extend friendship to our beneficiaries, showing support at both professional and personal levels. Apart from reports on our daily work, we also dedicated special pages to our sponsors, employer, volunteer, member and even our own ISCOS staff - check out the latest copy here.
Upcoming Events

July
13 & 27     - Men Support Group
15             - ISCOS Family Day
18             - Father Support Group NEW
25             - Mother Support Group
26             - Women Support Group
29             - Big Group Activity


August
10 & 24     - Men Support Group
22             - Father Support Group
29             - Mother Support Group
30             - Women Support Group
30             - Volunteer Outing


September
9               - FGP Tri-event
19             - Father Support Group
21             - Men Support Group
26             - Mother Support Group
27             - Women Support Group
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