John Howard Society of London & District

Service 7

Women’s Group/Kingston Trips/Children’s Group

Women’s Groups:

The John Howard Society of London and District offers a weekly support group for women who have a loved one involved in the criminal justice system.

The group offers women an opportunity to receive support through emotional crisis, evaluate their relationships and receive relevant information about the criminal justice system. The women share common experiences and emotions in a confidential and non-judgmental setting and develop new coping skills. Through involvement with the group, women can build friendships with other women and feel less socially isolated.

Kingston Trips:

The John Howard Society of London and District provides family members of inmates incarcerated in Kingston area institutions an opportunity to visit their loved ones inside. The Society employs a volunteer driver and the families contribute to the cost of a vehicle for the trip.

Children’s Group:

The John Howard Society offers a group for girls and a group for boys (4 to 12 years old) in the Huron subsidized housing project. Through weekly group involvement, the children explore other cultures, racism, bullying, healthy relationships, family violence and safety planning. Activities include cooking, art, crafts, sports, games, science experiments and drama. The Society’s staff and volunteers become positive role models for the children and have developed positive, meaningful relationships with them.