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Corrections Partnership Information Session.

Potential volunteers and organisations are invited to join us and learn about this new initiative.

 
A new partnership initiative between The Department of Corrections and Volunteer South – Central Lakes is being piloted in Central Otago to enable more community organisations to benefit from the work undertaken by local people on a community work sentence with Corrections, and provide volunteers the opportunity to undertake a new and rewarding role.
 
Organisations in need of additional support and individuals interested in volunteering in a new, supportive, highly rewarding role are invited to an information session to learn more, ask questions or sign up.
When: Wednesday 16th September 1200-1300

Where: Alexandra Community House, 14/20 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra.
(see here for a map)

Who: Interested volunteers and organisations interested in utilizing support from community service workers

Please RSVP to gillian@volunteersouth.org.nz text/call 027 506 5705
Read the volunteer role description here
Read the full press release below:

A new partnership initiative between The Department of Corrections (Corrections) and Volunteer South – Central Lakes is being piloted in Central Otago to enable more community organisations to benefit from the work undertaken by local people on a community work sentence with Corrections, and provide volunteers the opportunity to undertake a new and rewarding role.

Through the new partnership, Volunteer South will set up as a community agency for Corrections to provide supervision of people on community work sentences in the area and broker connection with local not for profit organisations needing support.

This will help identified organisations benefit from the hours and labour available and support them in getting ready to host these workers. In addition, Volunteer South will recruit, train and support volunteers to supervise groups carrying out much needed work for local non-profit organisations.

“It’s a win - win all round. Volunteers gain experience working with Corrections, make new connections and gain satisfaction from seeing organisations thrive with the extra help from those on community work sentences. Those carrying out the work will gain a sense of pride for their achievements and community groups will receive support needed to meet their own aims.” says Volunteer South’s Gillian White.

Community work is a low-tariff sentence imposed by the court which requires people to do unpaid work in the community to pay something back for the offence that they have committed. 

Community work provides people with the opportunity to take responsibility for their offending and learn new work skills and habits. Offenders can be sentenced to between 40 and 400 hours of community work, with the number of hours will be determined by a judge in court. 

Roles carried out by those on community work varies and typically includes practical support such as tracks maintenance, environmental improvement through weeding, planting or wildlife restoration or building improvements such as painting or repairs. Roles aren’t limited to this however, and we are keen to broaden the range of opportunities for offenders to share their skills in other ways. 

People on community work in Wanaka have contributed many hours to the clearing, planting, development and maintenance of Bullock Creek, Wanaka. (pictured)

“Many of our smaller community organisations could benefit immensely from the support of those on community work, however they don’t have the resources to provide the required work plan, health and safety requirements or supervision we ask for. This is where Volunteer South have offered to step in,” says Corrections’ Senior Community Work Supervisor for Southland Central Otago, Dave Madden.

“For those people on sentences, they are gaining valuable work experience, contributing to their local community and we have had many cases where this experience has lead to new interests and even employment.”

Volunteer South and Corrections are keen to speak to anyone interested in either hosting those on community work sentences or those interested in the volunteer supervisor role.

“Volunteers carry out a range of roles in the community and this role will prove to be really different and rewarding,” says Gillian White. “Not only will volunteers establish a relationship with the host organisation and enable them to achieve so much, they will provide consistency and stability to those on community work and in turn highlight the impact their work has on those around them.”

“We would love to chat with open–minded, non-judgemental, patient and supportive people who are interested in volunteering their time to support local community groups. It is a great opportunity to get involved in something different and will suit people from a range of backgrounds and experiences.’
For more information contact Gillian White - gillian@volunteersouth.org.nz 027 506 5705 or Dave Madden dave.madden@corrections.govt.nz 021 769 184
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