2013 – 2014 DCS Community Grants winners

APOSS Healing Centre – $36,000

by Aboriginal Prisoners and Offenders Support Services (APOSS)

For the provision of 3, six week Healing Centre Programs at Camp Coorong and Dee Avenue for 8 clients per program. Outcomes will include increased knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Culture, self-confidence respect and dignity. Increased employment opportunities.

Pre-Release Prison Health and Fitness – $30,420

by Aboriginal Sobriety Group

For provision of a Prison Fitness Program for men and women to be delivered at both men’s and women’s pre-release facilities and Mobilong Prison to increase levels of fitness and improve social and emotional wellbeing.

Gutter to Glory Motivational Speaking – $8,000

by Aboriginal Sobriety Group

The program will be delivered at Lakalinjeri Tumbetin Waal, a residential rehabilitation facility for Aboriginal men who will reside there for an average of 3 months. Fifty percent of these will come directly from correctional facilities/community corrections referrals.

Quitskills Mentoring Program – $40,000

by Cancer Council SA / Quit SA

Provide accredited Quitskills smoking reduction training to prison volunteers and mentors. Goal is to reduce smoking among prisoners at the Adelaide Women’s Prison and Mobilong Prison.

Seasons for Growth – $8,800

by Catholic Church Endowment Society

Focuses on building resilience and fostering wellbeing. The program is aimed at assisting participants to understand and manage times of change, grief and loss.

Dads Plus – $3,550

by Centacare

For the provision of the Dads Plus Program to be delivered at Elizabeth Community Corrections. Participants work towards receiving a father’s ‘toolbox’ upon completion of the session which will assist them in being an effective and engaged parent.

Building Capacity – $10,000

by Chaplaincy Services SA

To engage professional services for the purpose of developing a business case to improve service efficiency across DCS sites.

Cross Cultural Training – $10,000

by Cross Cultural Health and Aged Care

For the provision of the cross cultural awareness to Aboriginal prisoners at Port Augusta Prison. It will provide assistance in comprehending the value systems regarding money and finances and those operating in the wider world.

Financial Literacy Program – $5,099.50

by Lifeline SE

For the provision of a Financial Literacy Program to prisoners at Mount Gambier Prison. The program will provide well intentioned educational resources to aid in dealing with financial issues [such as managing debt, recognising scams, mobile phone plans, gambling and budgeting].

Suicide Intervention Skills Training – $9,974.45

by Lifeline SE

For the provision of an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Program for prisoners at Mount Gambier Prison. To provide education and support to prisoners and the goals relating to prisoner safety outlined in the South Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Women’s Mentoring – $10,000

by OARS SA

For the provision of a mentoring program to establish and maintain effective mentoring relationships with female offenders preparing for and upon release from the Adelaide Women’s Prison.

Literacy Assistance Program – $10,000

by OARS SA

For the provision of assisting prisoners with literacy and numeracy disadvantage in the implementation and development of a Book Club through delivery of a Literacy Assistance Program.

Getting Legal – Driver’s Licence – $10,000

by OARS SA

For the provision of assistance to driver disqualified offenders in working though the online process involved in obtaining a driver’s licence. Program will improve driving knowledge, numeracy and literacy. Attainment of licence will improve employment opportunities.

Community Liaison Project – $40,000

by Prison Fellowship

For the provision of assisting prisoners with development of skills and access to services which will assist with reintegration back into the community through delivery of a Community Liaison Project at Yatala Labour Prison, Adelaide Pre-release Centre and the Adelaide Women’s Prison.

Seeds of Affinity Support Group – $40,000

by Seeds of Affinity

Developing a sustainable and accountable organisation. Providing opportunity to develop teamwork and communication skills and develop routines useful in community reintegration.

Choir – $10,000

by Seeds of Affinity

Sponsoring a choir to build the self-esteem of female prisoners at the Adelaide Women’s Prison. Providing emotional support, purposeful activity, skill development and mentoring. Participants will gain opportunity to develop teamwork, communication skills and routines useful in the work environment for community integration.

Straight Lines to Jobs – $40,000

by Whitelion Inc.

Aims to break the cycle of disadvantage / creation of a jobs register. Develop partnerships with employers in South Australia to assist in creation of employment opportunities for offenders. Includes mentoring and required support services relevant to individual needs.