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About Ormiston Families In 1969 Fiona Ormiston Murray and her husband were tragically killed in a car accident on their honeymoon. The Murray Family established the Ormiston Trust to create a living memorial to a woman who loved children but was denied the chance to have her own. Ormiston opened its first service in 1981, (the Robert Milne Family Centre), a former Barnardo’s home in Ipswich. By 1992, Ormiston Children and Families Trust was established to manage an increasingly diverse range of services for children, young people and families, and have been supporting families across East of England ever since. The Charity, Ormiston Families, delivers four core programmes in the East of England: • The Nurture Programme supports the development of children in their early years. • The Engage Programme improves outcomes for young people in education. • The Unite Programme helps families affected by imprisonment. • The Connect Programme supports children, young people and their families in the community. Transforming Rehabilitation aims to achieve the following outcomes: • Establish, or maintain positive family relationships. • Reduce the impact of offending on children. • Build protective factors within the service user’s social network to break intergenerational cycles of offending, including domestic abuse. Ways in which this service strengthens the family unit and support rehabilitation are: • Improve the communication between family members. • Provide the family with a platform to express their feelings. • Improve the family’s confidence and ability in supporting and helping each other. • Provide parenting support to improve parenting strategies and skills. The service is delivered by: • One-to-one assessment and ongoing mentoring with a dedicated family support worker. • Maintaining Family Ties group sessions in the community and prisons, with the aim of exploring impact of offending on relationships. • Volunteer mentoring: local volunteers matched to work with service users and/or their family. • Family mediation: work with other family members to improve communication and resolve conflict. • Parenting programmes: one-to-one or group work interventions dependent upon availability and suitability. Ultimately, the aim is to keep families together and help offenders to take positive steps to rebuild their lives. This is a very short summary of the creditable work that Ormiston Families is involved with in helping children and their families, and we would really appreciate your support to help raise funds for this worthy local charity to continue their positive work across East of England. If you would like any more information please visit their website. www.ormiston.org

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