Two of our ROC Solid team scooped Nepacs awards for going the extra mile in helping people on probation or who have been in prison.
General manager Mandy Shaw and Marsh House manager Margaret Shields were awarded Certificates of Excellence by the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, at a ceremony at Lumley Castle in Chester-le-Street. ( Click here for the press release )
Nepacs, a regional charity which supports a positive future for prisoners and their families, had a record number of entries and ROC Solid was the only supported housing charity among the recipients.
Our submission included the story of a woman who had served time for soliciting, robbery and supplying drugs. She moved into Marsh House at Billingham, which is staffed 24/7, when she became pregnant.
“She’s worked hard to turn her life around,” said Mandy. “We supported her through the journey and continue to do so.”
The woman has since moved into her own ROC Solid house and has had her baby returned from local authority care. That’s a massive saving in terms of emotional distress for her and the child as well as a huge financial saving for the public purse too. We are continuing to support her as she gains even more skills which will take her eventually into independent living.