Supporting organisations

Reintegration is the process of successfully transitioning offenders to the wider community from the custody of, and/or control by Corrections.

Successfully transitioning means offenders remain crime-free and settle in the wider community with pro-social, constructive attitudes and behaviours. Reintegration is most successful when offenders take some responsibility or ownership of their needs and have strong community involvement/engagement.

We support offenders to:

  • find and maintain accommodation
  • work towards having a job on release from prison
  • improve their skills and knowledge through education and training
  • gain basic life skills such as budgeting, parenting and communications
  • obtain positive support to stay crime-free after completing their sentence
  • engage with volunteers who play a key role in establishing and keeping community links and relationships active.

Some of the support organisations we work with are:

Prison Chaplaincy Service of Aotearoa New Zealand

Chaplaincy Services co-ordinates and delivers spiritual services for all prisoners of all religions, in association with volunteers and other providers, for example, the Salvation Army, and mainstream churches.

Phone: (04) 381 4982

Email: chaplaincy@pcsanz.org

Website: Prison Chaplaincy Service

Prisoner’s Aid and Rehabilitation Society (PARS)

PARS provides re-integrative services to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their whanau to assist them to re-integrate back into the community.

Waikato PARS

Phone: (07) 839 3531

Email: waikatopars@xtra.co.nz

Auckland PARS

Phone: (09) 630 0862

Email: aucklandpars@prisonersaid.org.nz

Website: Auckland PARS

Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust (PART)

PART provides re-integrative services to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their whanau to assist them to re-integrate back into the community.

Phone: (04) 371 9183

Website: Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust

Prison Fellowship New Zealand

Prison Fellowship is a national Christian community agency that provides re-integrative services to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their whanau to assist offenders to re-integrate back into the community.

Phone: (04) 528 5419

Website: Prison Fellowship New Zealand

Salvation Army

Salvation Army officers and prison chaplains support people through the court process and while in prison. The Salvation Army also provides accommodation for released prisoners.

Website: Salvation Army

Salisbury Street

Salisbury Street Community Residential Centre in Christchurch provides a structured residential programme supporting offenders to settle back into the community through rehabilitation programmes and reintegrative services.

Website: Salisbury Street

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous has meetings in prison to help people address their addiction issues and maintain sobriety when released.

Website: Alcoholics Anonymous

Toastmasters

Toastmasters runs groups to help foster communication and leadership.

Website: Toastmasters

Problem gambling

The Problem Gambling Foundation offers support and specialist services to help gambling addiction.

Phone: 0800 654 655

Website: Gambling Helpline

The New Zealand Howard League for Penal Reform

The Howard League is involved in improving literacy within prisons.

Phone: (09) 834 8100

Email: contact@nzhowardleague.org.nz

Website: Howard League

Arts Access Aotearoa

Arts Access Aotearoa support the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders by facilitating and promoting arts and creative expression.

Phone: (04) 802 4349

Email: info@artsaccess.org.nz

Website: Arts Access Aotearoa

Pillars

Pillars is a children's charity that can help children and families of prisoners. They aim to make sure children get support services to help prevent inter-generational offending and imprisonment.

Helpline: 0508 PILLARS (0508 745527)

Email: enquiries@pillars.org.nz

Website: Pillars