Supporting organisations

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

Successful transition 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 supporting 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

Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society

Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation/Reintegration societies provide reintegrative services to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their family and whānau to assist them to reintegrate into the community.

Contact details for each organisation are listed below:

Salvation Army

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

Website: Salvation Army

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Helpline: 0800 229 6757

Website: Alcoholics Anonymous

Toastmasters

Toastmasters runs groups to help foster communication and leadership.

Phone: 0800 736 753

Website: Toastmasters

Problem Gambling Foundation

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

The New Zealand Howard League runs programmes in prisons including literacy, numeracy and assisting prisoners to obtain learner driving licences.

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