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ISCOS eNewsletter Issue 25
ISCOS Welcomes New Executive Director
We bade farewell to Mr Patrick Ng, ISCOS’ Executive Director on 28 February 2017. Mr Ng is a senior prison officer who had served the co-operative for more than three years and now returned to the Singapore Prison Service upon completion of his service term with ISCOS.
 
With effect from 1 March 2017, Madam Lisa Lim joined ISCOS as the newly appointed Executive Director. Formerly the Superintendent of Institution A5 with the Singapore Prison Service, she facilitated rehabilitation programmes for inmates and actively engaged the prison volunteers through regular dialogues. She was also involved in engaging the volunteers from South-West District for the Yellow Ribbon Community Project (YRCP). These experiences in the aftercare sector will greatly add value to her current role in ISCOS.

Welcome aboard, Madam Lisa Lim!
WHAT'S NEW? 

Tan Ean Kiam-YRF-ISCOS Bursary Awards
Starting from January 2017, ISCOS is pleased to launch the Tan Ean Kiam-Yellow Ribbon Fund-ISCOS Bursary Award! Fully sponsored by the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation, this is a new initiative under the Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) to motivate deserving FGP beneficiaries from low-income families in their pursuit of tertiary education. A total of $100,000 have been contributed by the Foundation to support eligible students who have received offers by local polytechnics and ITE in Singapore but lack the financial resources to further their studies.
 
The Tan Ean Kiam Foundation is a philanthropic organization in Singapore dedicated to helping the poor, needy and under-privileged. On behalf of our student beneficiaries, we thank you very much for this generous gift of education!

To find out more about the Tan Ean Kiam-YRF-ISCOS Bursary Awards, its application process and eligibility criteria: 
Please email us at fgp@iscos.org.sg or call 6743 7885 for enquiry.
Welcome, ISCOS Volunteers!
 
As part of the 2017 Volunteer Orientation, ISCOS organised two introductory sessions for the incoming ISCOS volunteers on 14 January and 11 February 2017 respectively. They were first briefed about the ISCOS Programmes and Services, followed by the available volunteer opportunities.
We were very encouraged to witness the enthusiasm and positivity among the participants, many of which were raring to kick-start their volunteering journeys. During the session, our ISCOS facilitator fielded various questions on how one could become an FGP mentor, support group co-facilitator or to take up other volunteer roles or tasks. 
ISCOS wishes to extend a warm welcome to all our new volunteers! And to our existing volunteers, thank you for all your heart, time and effort all these while.

Interested in becoming an ISCOS volunteer? Simply drop us an email at volunteer@iscos.org.sg or call 67437885 to register.
Fairy Godparent Programme’s First Tri-Event in 2017
A Great Success
We kick-started the first of the three FGP workshop series in 2017 for our children, youth and their parents on 27 February 2017. It was a successful turn out with close to 60 participants attended the event. Held at The Verge, the workshops focused on positive and mindful communication for the youths, experiential learning for the children and effective parenting for the parents. 

ISCOS would like to appreciate Albert Shea King of the The Mapping Academy, Vadivu of Joy Works and Billy Low for facilitating the workshops for the respective groups. The participants really enjoyed the sessions!
Volunteer Training on How to Become Mentors
To better understand how to mentor our FGP children and youth, we arranged for dedicated training with ISCOS volunteers who signed up as mentors over two separate weekends in February and March 2017. 
 
A total of 29 volunteer mentors attended the Mentors' Training facilitated by Trybe. During the sessions, case studies and role play sessions were conducted for all participants which they found very engaging and useful.

To all volunteers who attended, thank you for your big hearts. We look forward to embarking this journey of mentoring with you!
First Big Group Activity for the year
After completing the Mentors' Training, our volunteer mentors finally met with our FGP beneficiaries for the first time on 18 March 2017. 

Close to 50 participants came for this year's matching activity held at OnePeople.sg in Toa Payoh. To break the ice between the newly matched mentors and mentees, various games and activities were conducted to give the participants a fun and enjoyable time.

Yannie, one of the mentees, shared, "It was an exciting experience, as I got to meet my mentor for the first time. At first, we were awkward with each other but after few rounds of games, we became friends and were at ease with each other at the end of the day."

ISCOS would like to say thank you to all our volunteer mentors who participated in the Big Group Activity, and for giving your time and energy to be a big brother or big sister to our beneficiaries. We hope you will enjoy this mentoring journey!  
School Talk Collaboration with
Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)
With the aim to create awareness of the challenges faced by ex-offenders and how to help them, ISCOS was invited by Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) to give a school talk to its students on 21 March 2017. During the session, we roped in one of our ISCOS Motivators, Nelson, to share his heartfelt experiences to the students. We also took the opportunity to share about ISCOS and the various programmes and services provided. 

We sincerely thank Mr Yiming Fan from Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)  for reaching out to ISCOS. We look forward to more of such collaborations to come to help us spread the word!
A Special Outing with the Mother Support Group 
Instead of a typical closed-door meeting session, our FGP mums had fun bowling on 21 March 2017 at the CSC Bukit Batok for two hours, before wrapping up with a delicious lunch at Pastamania. The outing was definitely something the mums looked forward to enjoy and relax amidst their busy schedule.

Recognising social support as one primary area of needs, the ISCOS Support Group is one of our main offerings to encourage open sharing among the participants, make new friends, build a positive support network and at the same time learn new skills and information. The FGP Mothers’ Support Group is set up for mothers or caregivers of ex-offenders’ children, to help them cope with their unique sets of challenges in life.

If you are an ISCOS member and would like to learn more about ISCOS Support Group, contact us at 6743 7885 or email admin@iscos.org.sg.

If you would like to help our team in co-facilitating the sessions, contact us at 6743 7885 or email volunteer@iscos.org.sg to volunteer your time!
Visit the Prison with ISCOS!
As part of the continuous engagement with our friends and supporters, we had a special “Visit the Prison with ISCOS” event earlier this week to offer an insightful experience to the lives behind bars, plus an overview of the rehabilitation and reintegration efforts by the Singapore Prison Service (SPS), SCORE and ISCOS.

The visitors were first mesmerised by the inmates’ human percussion and skit performances, as a prelude to the tour. They were then guided to visit the housing unit, prison cells, Visual Arts Hub (art workshops) and Art Gallery showcasing amazing works of art produced by inmates. Through this exclusive experience, many commented that they could now better relate to the challenges faced by ex-offenders and the social cause of helping them reintegrate into society, so that they can lead meaningful and productive lives after their release.

We would like to thank all who made time to join us for this visit, and we sincerely hope that you will also come on-board to support ISCOS in various ways. Special thanks to the SPS team for making this possible!
Upcoming Events
April
13 & 27     - Support Group
28             - ISCOS Job Fair


May

9               - ISCOS Volunteer Outing
20             - FGP Tri-event
22             - Annual General Meeting


June
6, 7 & 8     - Support Group

22             - Volunteer Feedback Session
28             - Fireside Chat
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