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Supporting pathways to workforce participation for women in prison

Having a support networks ensure we can thrive in the world. For women exiting prison, this kind of foundation can be life changing.

Many women come into contact with the criminal justice system for non-violent offences linked to personal circumstances of trauma, hardship and poverty.

For many women post-release, community groups provide opportunities for support, social connection and meaningful work that can combat disadvantage and assist them to reintegrate into the community.   

“This grant will help us support women in detention to have a brighter and more financially secure future. Many women in prison are there for minor, non-violent offences, caused by systemic problems like poverty. This project will provide a pathway to employment through volunteering, and help women prisoners successfully reintegrate into the community.

With our project partners at Tarrengower Prison, we will build these women’s skills and confidence so they can take up roles within community organisations. We thank the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust for supporting us to provide a better post-release outlook for women who might otherwise fall through the gaps of mainstream workforce participation.”

– Juanita Pope, Director NFP Law

Organisation: Justice Connect
Grant Type: Small Grant
Amount: $9,726
Year: 2018-2019


Justice Connect in partnership with Tarrengower prison will deliver this training and volunteer program. Women will be supported to get involved in prison committees and be trained in areas of governance, committee participation, and volunteering. Each participant will have the chance to practise their new skills in a supported environment.

Everyone benefits through participants’ improved confidence and competencies and the more efficient and inclusive operation of prison committees.

Back to 2018 grants

A special thanks to Anne Miller for supporting this project.

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