The Wellington Beyond Barbed Wire Volunteer Mentors shine a bright light on the value of volunteering in Central NSW.
The 12 volunteer team members mentor mothers who are in or recently released from Wellington Correctional Centre in Central NSW. Volunteers spend time with mothers to help strengthen their parenting skills and maintain strong bonds with their children. Upon release from gaol mothers are connected with support services.
Often women in the criminal justice system have experienced trauma and disadvantage in their lives. They may not have had the same opportunities that other women in their community have had. The Beyond Barbed Wire volunteers are working to change this.
Run by Barnardos, the program has helped more than 100 women. It reports that the recidivism rate amongst those women in the program is 11%, compared with the general rate of 48%.