We have nearly 1,700 authorised volunteers actively working with offenders on a regular basis.
Volunteering within Corrections supports our goal of reducing re-offending, by assisting offenders to meet their rehabilitative and also lead constructive activities like music, reading or crocheting.
Meet Lissy and Rudi a very special couple who are bringing joy into the lives of many, including men in prison by teaching mindfulness and crocheting at Mount Eden Corrections Facility.
Watch their story from TVNZ Marae programme below.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
Volunteering can be challenging. Our volunteers need maturity, a strong pro-social attitude and the ability to cope with difficult people and situations. Volunteering for us requires a real connection with the outside world. You may be seen by offenders as a role model and a respected member of the community.
Learn more and share your skills with others today!
Matapuna marks 10 years as Community of Change
Ara Poutama staff, programme participants and community partners came together on 4 December to mark the 10th anniversary of Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Matapuna Special Treatment Unit.
Dressing for success at Christchurch Women’s Prison
The first five women from Christchurch Women’s Prison (CWP) have participated and graduated in a course aimed to give them the knowledge and confidence to gain employment and independence