Established in 2014, Reforming Support Group or RSG started off as a singled-person volunteer management and outreach group. It was founded by Mr Ramli Abdullah, whom is currently working as an Operation Officer at one of the Rehabilitation Center. As an ex offender and ex resident of Halfway House, MrRamli himself has went through the ups and downs throughout his rehabilitation and recovery journey. Hence, he knew first hand of most challenges faced by those inmates during their in-care rehabilitation programme in the halfway house settings; as well as after their discharge from the programme or when they have successfully served their sentences.
Mr Ramli Abdullah, during his off days, engages in various community works and activities. He realized the benefits of adopting active and positive lifestyles and have seen the fruits of his personal efforts to improve his life and refurbish his personal character through training and making contributions to the community. Thus, Mr Ramli would want to share those positive experiences and benefits with other fellow ex-offenders like himself. He actively engages in public speaking and education, getting support from volunteers consisting of the ex-offenders and staffs from various Organizations to support his cause. He tapped these people into his group, with the purpose of encouraging the ex-offenders to partake in active and positive lifestyles doing various community services; at the same time rope in skilled volunteers to support and share their expertise in helping these ex-offenders. RSG will continue its effort to do more public outreach to educate and share with the public about ex-offenders’ recovery journey.
Some of the activities Mr Ramli is currently involved in: -
1. CNB PREVENTIVE DRUGS EDUCATION (PDE) TALKS
2. PRISON BEFRIENDER
3. RED CROSS MEDICAL AID
4. NEA LITTER FREE CAMPAIGN
5. SPF CITIZENS-ON-PATROL (COP)
RSG MISSION: -
1. “TO DO PUBLIC OUTREACH SO AS TO EDUCATE THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND CREATE AWARENESS ON DRUGS PREVENTION, ANTI-VICES & GANG-RELATED ACTIVITIES; AS WELL AS TO ERADICATE PUBLIC STIGMA TOWARDS EX-OFFENDERS.’’
2. “TO ASSIST EX-OFFENDERS THROUGH THEIR RECOVERY JOURNEY BY PROVIDING EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL AFTERCARE SUPPORT.”
RSG TAGLINE: -
CHOICE - “Everyone has a choice to be a better person and lead a better life.”
CHANCE - “Everyone should be given a chance to realize their truest potential.”
CHANGE - “Everyone could change, given the proper guidance and support.”
Since its inception in 2014, RSG has been running as a support group, doing volunteer works by its founder, Mr Ramli Abdullah. Moving ahead in near future, the group intends to get itself registered as a legit entity so that it could do more to help its beneficiaries (the exoffenders).
Based on RSG mission, its core activities are mainly doing Public Outreach and providing After Care Support. The Group is looking for funding to support its current work and also to provide financial support to the Group’s future activities. The Group hopes to appeal for funding support .
The breakdowns of funding required by RSG are as shown below. The Group hopes to obtain funding for these focus areas. These focus areas which require funding are broken up into 3 main groups – Facilitator, Public Outreach and Pre-Post Registration.
1) ITEMS FOR FACILITATOR & RSG TEAM
LAPTOP WITH BAG $1000
PRINTING OF NAME CARDS (INCL OF MEMBERS’) $1500
EXTERNAL HARD DISK & THUMBDRIVE $200
STATIONERY SET (PENS, HIGHLIGHTERS, ETC) $50
LASER POINTERS $50
NOTEBOOKS / NOTEPADS / DIARY $50
2) FOR PUBLIC OUTREACH
PULL UP BANNER $50
FLYERS / BROCHURES / TRAINER’S HANDBOOK $500
LUGGAGE BAG $100
PRINTING T-SHIRTS (FOR EXEC & ORDINARY MEMBERS) $2000
FOLDABLE TABLE & CHAIRS $150
STATIONERIES (PENS, PENCILS, PAPERS) $50