Quiz night raises more than £5,000 for The Bridges

The 6th annual Yorkshire Quiz Night in aid of RAPt raised more than £5,000.

The quiz night, attended by 160 RAPt supporters and their friends, was held at Rise Hall, near Hull, the home of television personality Sarah Beeny.

The money will go to help to run The Bridges, the acclaimed Hull-based residential drug and alcohol treatment centre for male ex-prisoners, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Charlie Forbes Adam, chairman of the Yorkshire based Fundraising Advisory Committee, a group of local people who raise money and awareness for The Bridges, commented: “As always, our quiz night was the highlight of the East Riding’s social calendar. It was a tremendous evening for a tremendous cause and we were delighted to raise so much money from a quiz. In particular, I would like to thank Hugh Bethell, whose family home Rise Hall used to be and who organised the evening.

“Graduates from The Bridges, ex-prisoners who are now living productive lives free from drug, alcohol and crime, sold raffle tickets and helped to make the evening the success it was. It was incredibly life-enhancing and humbling to see how they had turned their lives around – all thanks to The Bridges,” said Mr Forbes Adam.

Douglas Dunsmore-Dawson, RAPt Regional Manager for Yorkshire & Humber, commented: “I would like to thank Charlie, Hugh and their committee for all the work they do for RAPt. The annual quiz is but one example of their fundraising work and we are truly grateful.

“Everyone connected with RAPt believes passionately in The Bridges and the tremendous work it does to support ex-prisoners who are trying to rid themselves of their addiction to drink and drugs. They are also acutely aware of the funding gap, which means the public sector is unable to support The Bridges as it might.”

“The statistics speak for themselves. Over half the prison population are serving a sentence related to drug addiction, and alcohol is a factor in over half of all violent crimes. Approximately 60% of released prisoners will go on to re-offend within two years (National Audit Office, 2010). In comparison, the overall reconviction rates for people who completed the RAPt programme in prison was just 31% after a one year follow up period, compared to 48% of people who engaged with the RAPt programme but did not complete it, and 49% of people who engaged with a lower intensity substance misuse programme in prison*. It costs £36,808 to keep a prisoner for a year (Ministry of Justice, 2013), but £16,000 for RAPt’s six-month programme at The Bridges. Furthermore, the cost of re-offending by all recent ex-prisoners cost the economy between £9.5 and £13 billion (National Audit Office, 2010).

“So every penny raised for RAPt and The Bridges actually saves money in the long term, as well as giving ex-offenders their life, health and dignity back,” added Mr Dunsmore-Dawson “But it’s not just about raising money. We also need to raise awareness about the great work The Bridges does, especially amongst employers in the Hull region, who we want to encourage to take on graduates of The Bridges”.

*Source: These are reconviction rates based on data from a RAPt PNC study which was conducted in collaboration with the University of Western Carolina and recently published in The Journal of Substance Use. This study examined recidivism in a group of male prisoners who completed the RAPt programme (n = 352, 31% reconvicted), a group of male prisoners who did not complete the programme (n = 355, 48% reconvicted), and a third comparison group of male prisoners who completed another in-prison drug treatment programme (n = 232, 49% reconvicted). The analysis has been verified by external universities and the analysis has controlled for other factors that influence reconviction. Read More:http://http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/14659891.2014.904938

NOTES

The Bridges was established in 2004 and is a residential tier 4 treatment centre run by RAPt, one of the country’s leading substance misuse treatment providers for clients within the criminal justice system. For more information on RAPt, please visit http://www.rapt.org.uk

Clients can enter The Bridges from a number of routes; directly from prison via referral from Drug and Alcohol Teams, from the community via referral from DIP teams and other community drug agencies and as part of a court-ordered DRR (Drug Rehabilitation Requirement).

The programme is a full-time, structured residential programme consisting of both group and individual interventions divided into two distinct phases. The programme is based around the 12-Step model of recovery which promotes recovery based abstinence from all mood-altering chemicals. The programme also incorporates elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

The Bridges is CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered and is operated by a multi-disciplinary team of fully-trained staff. This does not include medical staff or mental health professionals, therefore detoxification services are not provided. Clients with a dual-diagnosis will need to undergo further assessment prior to a placement being offered.

The Bridges has an established joint-working protocol with Humberside Probation Trust and is an ideal approved address for clients being released on HDC (Home Detention Curfew). The Bridges also has links with Hull City Council Housing and other external support agencies to provide a holistic approach to treatment planning that takes into account the full range of each individual client’s needs

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