Prison Network relies on passionate, dedicated volunteers to run our various in-prison programs. Each program has a different emphasis, but all are designed to:
- Provide a welcoming space for women as respite from the harsh prison environment
- Develop confidence and self-esteem
- Build long term support networks through and with our trained support workers, staff and volunteers
- Provide strategies designed to deal with negative emotions by creating spaces for self-reflection and interaction with others
- Enhance relationships between mothers, children and their extended families.
Becoming a Volunteer
Due to the nature of our work with women in a challenging and highly regimented environment, it is essential to the integrity of this organisation that all volunteers seeking to contribute are screened through a comprehensive recruitment process. It is important to understand that there may not be positions vacant at the time of enquiry and not all prospective volunteers are determined suitable for this work.
The recruitment process involves an interview with the Volunteer Manager (30-60 minutes). Potential volunteers will be asked to undergo a National Police Check (at own expense), have a current Working with Children's Check and provide references. They will have a good understanding and alignment of Prison Networks Vision, Mission and Values and undergo any training required.
We are a faith driven organisation. Our volunteers may be asked if they agree to a Statement of Christian Identity, sign a Statement of Integrity and abide by Prison Networks Code of Conduct, Policies and Procedures. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.