The Be Strong project’s social mission is to facilitate, encourage and support behavioural change in individuals who have become addicted to substances and have fallen into patterns of offending behaviour. It has a number of key objectives including:
- Reducing re-offending, currently two thirds of released prisoners re offend
- Reducing the number of family breakdowns that imprisonment creates
- Improving the mental and physical health of released prisoners
- Increasing employment, voluntary and training opportunities
- Reducing the number of incidents of domestic violence
Be Strong will work with newly released offenders, referred by partnering agencies, who have a commitment to change. An individual programme will be created which addresses their specific needs adopting a holistic approach to changing behaviour.
Often this will start with a gentle introduction to the gym setting. As the individual progresses they will have the opportunity to become involved with other agencies and projects.
For example education establishments, counseling services, personal development sessions etc. The project seeks to prepare people for work, training and voluntary opportunities.
The progress of the participants will be regularly reviewed and evaluated with them.
My testimony and experiences are both evidence of how physical training can help in beating drug addiction and changing offending behaviours.
It worked for me and it can work for others too. We’ll put our best foot forward to help our clients every step of the way.
To find out more, please get in touch via the confidential message form on the next page.
Be Strong would like to express its gratitude for the encouragement, support and assistance provided by the following individuals whose kindness has proved invaluable in getting our project established :
Derek Smith – Pastor, Kings Church Centre, Bolton
Elaine Bowes – Bolton Business Ventures