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Care After Prison to Host Christmas Concert Fundraiser

Charity organisation Care After Prison will hold a Christmas Concert in Dublin to raise funds for the vital service.

Care After Prison [CAP] is a Dublin-based service that offers advice and information to current and former prisoners, their families and victims of crime.

With service users from Tallaght, Clondalkin, Blanchardstown, Inchicore and Ballyfermot the organisation helps people from all across Dublin.

In the last quarter of 2017 the service has seen an increase of 55% in clients referred through the Irish Prison Service and 40% in self-referrals.

Unlike other services the team at Care After Prison is made up of those with lived experience of prison as well as other social care professionals which ensures a high level of trust between support workers and service users.

On Thursday Care After Prison will host its first ever Christmas Concert with performances from the High Hopes Choir, Irish poet Louis de Paor accompanied by Sean Duggan on violin and guitarist N.C Lawlor with Aine Furey on vocals while Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, will be a special guest on the night.

The service aims to make a difference within the community and help ex-offenders, and their families, adjust to life after prison.

One service user explained: “I don’t know where I’d be now without CAP. It’s keeping me clean, keeping me focused and my support worker is there to support me whenever I need it. I am learning from all my past mistakes and gaining so many new skills and I am so grateful for what Care After Prison has done for me.”

Tickets for the Christmas Concert are on sale now and the money raised will go towards running the service.

Interim Executive Director of CAP, Alice O’Flynn, said: “I am very excited about our first Christmas concert. The night will be an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on inclusion, a theme that is increasingly more important in today’s fractured world. We are all looking forward to an uplifting event for the whole community.”

Tickets for the event at Whitefriar Street Church, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 are priced at €20 and €15 and are available here and at the door on the night.

You can also support the work of Care After Prison by visiting the website www.careafterprison.ie or donate €2 by texting ‘Empower’ 50300.