Pine Tree Tots Nursery
Boronia Pre-release Centre for Women manages minimum-security female prisoners and their children in a community-style setting, and adopts a forward-looking model that recognises the diverse needs of women in prison. The Pine Tree Tots Nursery is a safe space for women and their children to bond, learn, grow and prepare for their lives in the community post release. The program has been extremely successful: 83% of the participating women released from Boronia over the last financial year have successfully transitioned into the community.
Educational topics are designed and delivered to the clients weekly. Topics are delivered in various formats to engage clients based on their varying literacy and comprehension levels. The aim is to educate parents on the positive and negative effects that their choices can have on their children and their children’s futures.
Pine Tree Tots Nursery offers individual support and counselling to improve parenting and family relationships, as well as providing advocacy, referrals and parenting advice’, and parenting transitional plans to assist the process of transition into the community. Prior to release, visits to a parenting or early years service may be arranged, and links to family services in the clients local area are created.
Learn to Earn
Learn to Earn takes place at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre and is a program designed to raise knowledge and awareness in young offenders about their future career options and opportunities. The program focus is on skill identification and employability concepts such as job readiness.
The program has four key objectives: to promote positive future thinking about life outcomes amongst young men in custody; to enable young men to develop awareness of their skills, abilities and talents; to provide information relevant to each participant’s personal and career needs and to promote job readiness.
The Individualised Community Living Strategy (ICLS) is a community-based outreach program that provides tailored support to people affected by significant mental health issues. This program is delivered in partnership with RUAH Community Services and aims to assist people live independently in their own home, and supports them in the development of a clear plan for their future.
It involves working with the individual, their families, community mental health services and other person or community organisation identified by the individual as an integral part of their recovery plan. Hope offers ICLS services Esperance and Geraldton.
The Transitional Housing and Support Program (THASP) provides a secure and independent space for graduates of Hope’s residential rehabilitation program in the Midwest. THASP residents are able to remain connected to the network of support and friendships that they have built through their time in the program, while establishing themselves in the community and preparing for their future through work, study and other pursuits.