Today is International Volunteer Day, and Corrections would like to acknowledge and thank our 1,300 volunteers working in prisons for their commitment to helping the people we manage change their lives for the better.
Corrections volunteers work face-to-face with people in prison and help them learn new skills. Their work includes tutoring people in literacy, numeracy and te reo Māori, teaching parenting and life skills, and running programmes ranging from whakairo (carving) to beekeeping to barbershop music.
Our volunteers make a big difference for people in prison, and they tell us they find their work personally fulfilling too.
Yoga instructor Adele has been volunteering at Mt Eden Corrections Facility since 2020, and she values the opportunity to teach an in a complex and challenging environment.
“It’s incredibly rewarding when you can see the immediate and long-term results,” she says.
“I became involved because of my personal desire to make yoga much more accessible. Yoga focuses on self awareness, and this helps the men find a greater perspective on what they’ve been born into, and the lives they’ve led as a result of that - as I say in my classes, it’s a process of moving from a state of whakamā (shame), and all of the destructive behaviours that are a result of that, to a state of whakamana (inner power).”
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Volunteering assists offenders to meet their rehabilitative needs and transition back into society.
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Raviv - Community Work Supervisor
On turning up to a local planting project in Christchurch’s Red Zone, Community Work Supervisor Raviv Carasuk was thrilled to see two people who had formerly served a CW sentence now employed by the partnering organisation.
Giving a voice to the women at Arohata
Women at Arohata Prison are having their say at Wāhine Runanga. Runanga, meaning council or assembly, is held with a rōpū of seven women from each unit and prison management.