Release Support - Life After Prison
When you find yourself in prison, it can feel like you’re labelled and lost. But no matter what mistakes you’ve made in the past, you’ve got your own story to tell. Release Support helps you make good decisions to create stability in your life
Helping you set goals and build a sense
of being “in charge”
Our job is to help you get through the process of release and adjusting naturally back into a normal life. We work with you to consider what a future may look like six months ahead, from the people you want in your life, to where you’ll live and how you’ll make money. All the while we’ll take you out of your comfort zone, forcing you to think about what life looks like where you make positive decisions, for yourself. It’s a journey we see people go through often – regaining control as you move from thinking ‘I can do this’ to ‘I will do this’ through to the feeling that ‘I have done this’.
WE CAN HELP
Our team is here to chat, whoever you are, whatever your background. We pride ourselves on being culturally responsive, 100% inclusive and never discriminate based on marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, family responsibility or status, race, religious or political conviction, impairment or age. We accept you for who you are, no judgements working alongside you to find out what works.
What we do
Accordwest offer a range of Department approved programs and wrap around services focussed on the journey to release. Support also continues for up to the first 18months after release. Much of our work is re-tooling you with skills for life with programs including Remand, Pathways, Life Skills, Pre-release support, Post-release support, Parenting Support, Trauma Counselling and assistance with Transitional Accommodation. If you’ve got a loved one, or someone you know who is still to return, in the Bunbury Regional Prison, our friendly staff at the Family Visitors Centre are available to support you.
Skills you’ll learn
We’ll work together to reduce your chance of reoffending, integrating you into your local community as you learn helpful skills as wide and varied as meeting parole requirements, opening a bank account, assistance working towards employment and training opportunities, parenting skills, understanding how incarceration impacts your family, re-establish and strengthen positive child and family relationships, skills that promote positive family and community participation, access to transport to essential appointments, links to your local GP, budgeting, money management, communication/coping skills, child support, anger management and physical and emotional health for you and your family.