We will recruit, train and support 50 volunteers to mentor 50 women and girls entangled in the criminal justice system. These mentors will walk alongside women and girls to provide pro-social support, alleviating their sense of isolation as they navigate their way back into the community. Our Mentoring Program provides women with an opportunity to learn coping mechanisms, new skills, confidence, and direction to assist them in overcoming various issues, allowing them to become contributing members of the community and avoid incarceration. This social support is flexible and individually tailored to meet the needs of women and girls.
WJN does this work because women in NSW are being incarcerated at an unprecedented rate. The number of women in prison has more than doubled in the last decade. Correctional centres have now exceeded capacity and there has been no corresponding increase in female rehabilitation or diversionary programs to reflect this increase. These high rates are not just numbers. They are real women who often come from deeply disadvantaged backgrounds, have endured childhood and/or adult sexual assault, physical and verbal abuse.
Women entangled in the criminal justice system deserve opportunities to turn their lives around. they deserve the opportunity to make positive life-changing choices, contribute within their communities and live their best lives. Through non-judgemental mentoring support our volunteer mentors make this possible.