2015 – 2016 DCS Community Grant winners

Kokotina Towilla Program – Healing Our Spirit – $35,000

by Aboriginal Prisoners and Offenders Support Services [APOSS]

This program supports Aboriginal men exiting prison with accommodation and cultural support. The program aims to improve the physical, mental and social health of participants while focusing on building resilience and strengthening cultural ties to community.

Aboriginal ConneXtions Centre – $40,000

by ART Services

The first of a two-stage project, Stage 1 works provides a 'live work training' model approach by A.R.T Employment and TAFESA, which offers a training course in construction for Aboriginal offenders. The project will construct an extension of the facility owned by the Aboriginal Sobriety Group at Kilburn. Participants will learn skills in construction around flooring, plumbing and painting. Once completed the Aboriginal ConneXtions Centre will provide expanded support services for Aboriginal offenders drug and alcohol use, healthy lifestyle and behaviour and training and employment opportunities.

Empathy, Not Sympathy – Gutter 2 Glory – $25,000

by Aboriginal Sobriety Group

The Empathy Not Sympathy - Gutter 2 Glory program is a motivational program designed to prevent reoffending through gaining motivation and self-esteem leading to enhanced employment opportunities.

Supporting the implementation of the DCS Smoking Reduction Strategy – $40,000

by Cancer Council

This program will support the DCS strategic priority of reducing smoking in prison by working with staff and prisoner mentors across all prisons to provide expertise for implementing a smoking reduction program. This could include counselling support or establishing working groups to support prisoner mentors. Training will be provided to staff and prisoner mentors with tailored training will also be available for DCS volunteers. Communications across prisons regarding smoke-free messaging will include the production and distribution of newsletters, tailored posters and the distribution of quit books and other related smoking cessation resources.

Stand Up With Confidence – $27,000

by Disability Recreation and Sports SA

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.

DRSSA Mentoring Program – $28,000

by Disability Recreation and Sports SA

This program will build the skills and resilience of offenders by providing mentoring and a support group for men recently released from prison.

Prison Industries Aquaculture Project – Organic Waste – $10,000

by Eyre Futures

This project explores the feasibility of Prison Industries in Port Lincoln to develop suitable products with the bi-product of the oyster industry. The project could create opportunities for prisoners to gain skills leading to employment in the oyster industry.

Inside/Out – $10,000

by Gener8 Theatre

Inside/Out aims to develop positive life skills though the art form of theatre. Participants will explore both past and present, and participate in acting activities that build trust, encourage collaboration, share ideas and examine their own experiences from a safe distance. Creative writing will also be utilised. The program will facilitate creation of an original autobiographical theatre piece written and performed by participants.

Accountability, Responsibility to Change (ARC) Central Metro Region – $36,000

by Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation

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.

Dollars and Sense: Financial Literacy for Offenders – $5,070

by Lifeline SE

This program consists of 4 practical stand-alone, half-day, interactive workshops held quarterly over 12 months which are focused on building improved financial management, knowledge and skills. These programs will be held at the Community Corrections Centre in Mount Gambier for current clients or their families. At completion of workshops, participants are offered support through Lifeline SE’s financial counselling services to develop an individual customised plan. Narrative therapy techniques will be used as part of the program.

OARS SA Alcohol and Drug Program Cadell – $38,000


Alcohol and other drug education workshops will be provided as part of the Cadell Therapeutic Community Structured Program. Participants will have the opportunity to use knowledge and skills learned from the workshops to prevent the likelihood of relapse when released into the community. OARS SA will facilitate a Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery group, with presentations from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Participants will also be encouraged to engage with the peer support services that are available in their local communities.

OARS SA Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program Adelaide Women’s Prison – Community based SMART Recovery Groups Community Corrections Adelaide – $36,000


OARS will provide one-to-one counselling for prisoners as per the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services (DaATS) Service Delivery Model. OARS will also undertake Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery groups in both the Adelaide Women’s Prison and the Community. SMART Recovery uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing and is suitable for all addictions.

Healthy Relationships Program: Emotional and Physical Wellbeing – $20,000

by Relationships Australia

The Healthy Relationships Program: Emotional and Physical Wellbeing will focus on building protective factors that help to identify domestic violence situations and reduce harm.

Art from the Inside Project – $7,524

by Second Chances

This program will involve the continued delivery of weekly art classes that teach a wide range of techniques with both water and oil paints. This funding will be utilised for art equipment to support art classes and exhibitions for the display of participant artwork.

The Pathways Program – $35,000

by UnitingCare Wesley Country South Australia

The Pathways Program will provide specialised Drug and Alcohol Counselling, Men and Family Relationship Counselling and build skills to enhance the positive reengagement of offenders back to their families and communities. The program will run four times over 12 months and be delivered in six week blocks. Service delivery will take place at the Port Augusta Prison.