2014 – 2015 DCS Community Grant winners

DNA Prison Drama Course – $10,000

by AJZ Productions Incorporated

Undertake workshops where theatre is used to develop skills and techniques, and expression of ideas to develop and undertake a performance. This will involve the discovery of individual strengths and providing people the ability to express their concerns, past, needs and desires for the future through theatre.

Workin’ it out to Step Out – $40,000

by Australian Red Cross

A program that uses fitness based activities to deliver health and wellbeing messages and education around personal development of participants 18 – 30 who are in custody, or those who are at risk. The program is suitable as a strategy pre and post release programming, making it an ideal model for various custodial and community based settings.

Tackling Tobacco in Regional Prisons Project – $40,000

by Cancer Council SA

The project seeks to reduce smoking rates in correctional settings by delivering smoking cessation group programs for prisoners and delivering Quitskills training courses to prison staff, prisoner mentors and volunteers.

The Inside and Out of Parenting Relationships – $40,000

by Centacare

This project will deliver tailored parenting and relationship sessions which will be interactive and relevant to the needs of individual participants. In addition, in one location, an Intensive Supported Playgroup will be available for sessions during visiting hours at which time support will be provided to parents in the development of their attachment relationship with their children.

Sharing the Journey Crossing Cultures – $40,000

by Consultant Cross Cultural Awareness, Health and Aged Care

Aims to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable younger Aboriginal people from a diversity of urban cultures in addition to the more traditional bush Aboriginal people. Exploration of the depth of diversity in value systems, cultural practices within Australia which, through understanding and acceptance can enhance their life journey.

CAN PATHWAY (Stand up with Confidence) – $20,000

by Disability Recreation and Sport

Aims to motivate participants to remove themselves from their dependent lifestyle, to make positive decisions, to look for the best outcome, and to accept responsibility for their own happiness and wellbeing. It is undertaken through a series of interactive, participation driven, outcome focused peer group solution focused model training.

Gambling Treatment Pilot – $39,748

by Flinders University

Gambling Treatment Pilot for women, Vietnamese and Aboriginal people in prison as a consequence of gambling.

Addiction Support Groups (Mount Gambier) – $40,000

by Life Without Barriers

Group programs and telephone support will be provided in prison and in the community upon release from prison. Aims to assist people to maintain their goals while incarcerated and supporting their transition back into the community regarding alcohol and other drug issues.

Circles of Support and Accountability – $40,000


This is a community based initiative operating on restorative justice principles. It assists individuals who have served a prison sentence for a sexual offence in their effort to re-enter society.

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) for Drug and Alcohol – $40,000


This aims to facilitate groups using a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing and is suitable working with people with addiction.

Connect - Transitions to Independence – $20,000

by Sammy D Foundation

This is a pilot program that will occur in community corrections. It will involve group sessions for people aged 18 – 24 years and provide additional support upon completion of group work to address protective factors such as homelessness.

SPELD SA Literacy Program – $40,000


Aims to develop an evidence-based literacy and social language program for prisoners with low level literacy and communication skills, supported by standardised teaching resources and testing materials. It also involves the provision of professional development, guidance and ongoing support for educators and volunteers in DCS on the content and delivery of the program.

Inside Out – $10,000

by Uniting Care Wesley Country SA

Aims to deliver skills, awareness and knowledge to clients to support and enhance their positive re-engagement with their family structures and the wider community. It offers a diverse range of activities which focus on self-determination through face-to-face program delivery integrating education and skills development with an interactive activity as an engagement and retention strategy.