A safe place to put down roots and grow
Typically, young prison leavers are placed in cheap, low quality accommodation which can encourage a return to old acquaintances and destructive patterns of behaviour.
In addition to our team member houses that are located around Wythenshawe, we have The Oaks, which is a 9 bedroom resettlement house for particularly vulnerable individuals who need extra support before they are ready to graduate into full-time employment.
The Oaks offers a residential support programme lasting a minimum of 12 months. After an induction, courses will guide new team members into greater emotional stability and deeper faith in Christ. Life skills and coaching help them become better stewards of their time, finances and relationships. Days are carefully structured to allow for a balance of vocational work placements, devotions, training and free time.
At the heart of The Oaks is a vision of a Christian community that both supports our team members as they rebuild their lives, and blesses the local area.
‘We’ve already seen a lot of success in restoring individuals’ lives through the MEC,’ says Simon Sullivan who, with his wife Jane, leads The Oaks. ‘We want more for our team members than to simply work through their issues and leave; we want them to be mobilised to serve others. Put simply, The Oaks is about moving people from maintenance to mission.’
Although primarily our referrals come direct from prisons, we regularly take recommendation from churches and rehab centres for individuals who are passionate about making a fresh start. If you believe The Oaks could be for you or you know someone to refer to us, please click the link below.*
*Accommodation is currently single-sex (men only) and we are not equipped to house people who are still drug dependent. We can however refer these individuals on to one of our trusted rehab partners.