2016 – 2017 DCS Community Grant winners
Aboriginal Workplace Mentor – $40,000
The engagement of a Workplace Mentor would will with current ART employees that have offended and/or reoffended and are at risk of losing their employment due to non-compliance in the workplace.
The Mentor will work with ART’s current employees to access training and sustain employment retention in the workforce. ART’s current workforce includes over 80 Aboriginal employees of which a significant number have had some contact with the justice system.
The additional support of the Workplace Mentor will increase the capacity of ART Services to employ and retain more Aboriginal staff with a history of offending.
Adelaide Women's Prison Retaining Wall Training Program – $40,000
The Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia Inc. will work in partnership with Carey Training to deliver nationally accredited training to female prisoners at the Women’s Prison. Training will be in the delivery of civil construction units of competency throughout building of the new Women’s Centre at the Prison. The project will be for women to undertake live-works training to construct a retaining wall of approximately 50 metres required to hold garden beds.
Aboriginal Visitors Scheme (AVS) Adelaide City Watch House – $40,000
The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement will trial a visiting program at the Adelaide City Watch House and Holden Hill Police Cells to better meet the needs of Aboriginal communities.
The program will provide immediate care and connection with family members, follow up and ongoing support while seeking appropriate bail accommodation when required. The visiting program will make contact with up to 40 Aboriginal adults per month at the Adelaide City Watch House and Holden Hill Police Cells.
Men Accessing Services (MAS) Project – $40,000
The Men Accessing Services (MAS) project aims to provide a localised and coordinated response to brokering and bridging service supports for men exiting correctional settings and/or engaged with community correctional services.
The project aims to reduce recidivism among Aboriginal men by providing a dedicated point of contact within community to assist with case plans and throughcare in the Riverland areas of Berri, Barmera, Renmark, Loxton and Waikerie with links to support and referral for those released into the Adelaide metropolitan region.
SMART Recovery - Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program – $40,000
Stand Up With Confidence aims to motivate participants to make positive decisions and to accept responsibility for their own happiness and wellbeing. The course has two components; an intensive week followed by a 2.5 hour weekly program for 26 weeks (6 months).
The intensive week seeks to embed core values and addressing issues such as personal beliefs, habits and anxieties. The second section will provide ongoing mentoring support to further enhance and build on the core values embedded in the first week.
Connecting Through Art - $16,200
Marra Dreaming will run 40 workshops for Aboriginal participants a chance to learn about Aboriginal art and culture through different mediums of art. Each workshop will run for two hours per week and teach dot painting, basket weaving and canvas painting.
This program is directed at Aboriginal female offenders in Adelaide Women’s Prison and Pre-Release Centre. The ultimate goal for participants is to create a strong enough partnership to engage with Marra Dreaming upon release and utilising the community centre to improve their lives.
Optimal Health Program – $40,000
Neami will deliver the Optimal Health Program (OHP) for people who are under community corrections supervision and at risk of recidivism due to mental illness or other social, psychological, emotional, or physical factors. OHP has been demonstrated to: increase self-efficacy, decrease episodes of illness/relapse, reduce hospitalisations, promote increased confidence in identifying early signs and triggers, support capacity building, and build resilience. This program will be delivered in the northern metropolitan region.
Power to be Positive Wellbeing and Resilience Program – $40,000
Power Community Limited (PCL) has partnered with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) to develop the Power to be Positive Wellbeing and Resilience Program. The key modules delivered within the program include positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, achievement plus optimism, physical activity, nutrition and sleep. The program will be facilitated by Port Adelaide Football Club staff along with current and past players in prisons and community correctional centres.
Hadau: Planting Seeds for the future – $20,000
This program provides 12 weeks of narrative therapy practices for male Aboriginal domestic violence offenders. It aims to have men reflect, acknowledge, take responsibility and change their attitudes and behaviour towards women and children.
Flinders Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders ACCEPT program: CBT for anxiety and depression - $37,222
The Flinders Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders’ ACCEPT program (Accept Challenging and Confusing Emotions Plan your future and Take action) is a 10 week CBT based group program designed to assist women offenders to address unhelpful emotions such as anxiety and depression. The ACCEPT program will be delivered 4 times over 10 months at the Adelaide Women’s’ Prison and Adelaide Pre-release Centre with each program running for a 10 week period. Groups will comprise up to 15 offenders.
Mobilong Prison Radio Project – $9,900
Through a series of workshops, prisoners will produce a short series of radio features to support the induction package for new arrivals to Mobilong Prison. Over 4 weeks, participants will learn planning and interview skills, and audio recording and editing techniques, in order to produce radio features. The stories will focus on specific aspects of the induction process in order to inform new arrivals and support successful settlement into the prison. Topics could include advice on mental health and wellbeing, education and recreation options, or support services and visits.