Nexus Family Resource Centre
Launched in 2011 at the Changi Prison Link Complex, Nexus Family Resource Centre (FRC) is a one-stop resource centre that provides supportive family-based intervention to incarcerated persons, ex-offenders and their families.
Nexus FRC works with its clients through information and referral services, extended information and referral services, casework management services, and advocacy work within the prison system and relevant meso-systems.
Nexus FRC serves the needs of inmates and their families at:
- Changi Prison Cluster B
- Admiralty West Prison (AWP)
- Lloyd Leas Community Supervision Centre
Information and referral
At Nexus FRC, we provide information on resources and help to inmates as well as their family members who may be in need. Through our engagement and assessment, we identify and link them up to relevant services in the community to support and meet their needs.
Outreach and advocacy
Together with officers from B5 Drug Rehabilitation Centre (DRC) and the Community Based Programme (CPB) Unit, caseworkers from Nexus FRC will provide an overview of the services and support that FRC provides to family members during this difficult and transitional period.
During this time, the staff will also attend to queries that family members may have with regards to their concerns. In turn, FRC hopes to advocate and reach out to those who may be in need through our resources and services.
Casework and Counselling
Supported by Yellow Ribbon, SCORE and Singapore Prison Services, our trained social workers and counsellors are able to assist and support inmates and families who require mainly financial assistance through Yellow Ribbon Emergency Funds (YREF) and Inmate’s Families Support Fund (IFSF). The team also provides case management for the following:
- Childcare assistance
- Housing/utilities issues
- Other family issues
Spearheaded by NCSS with a collaborative effort by Nexus FRC and We Care, Project SAFE (Supporting recovering Addicts and their Families through Empowerment) seeks to facilitate reintegration into society and reduce the risk of relapse for a larger number of first and second time drug offenders. It also hopes to engage families of the offenders to strengthen their support system and ensure its functioning through harnessing various community resources.
The project aims to help participating families to achieve better financial management and communication skills, have the ability to sustain a stable marital/family relationship and to be able to better bond and respond to the needs of their children. In addition, clients and their families are expected to acquire relevant knowledge on drug use and addiction. The project also targets to work on supporting clients through their recovery journey to prevent relapse and break the cycle of re-offending.