Marked at an official ceremony, the South Island’s only residential drug and alcohol centre for women, He Kete Oranga o te Mana Wahine ‘a women’s basket of wellness’, was officially opened today by Hon Kelvin Davis, Minister of Corrections.
He Kete Oranga o te Mana Wahine, a 12-month pilot programme developed by Pathway Trust and Odyssey House Trust, will provide residential treatment and support for approximately 30 women, currently under the management of the Department of Corrections.
Based out of a Pathway-owned accommodation facility in Motukarara, the residents will participate in a 16-week programme that directly addresses substance dependencies, relationship breakdowns, safe housing, and employment. He Kete will provide its residents with the opportunity to learn the behavioural skills, attitudes, and values associated with recovery and healthy living, enabling them to break the cycle of addiction and reoffending.
“The partnership between Odyssey House and Pathway was a natural fit to respond to the increased numbers of female offenders and their substance dependencies,” said Odyssey House Clinical Director, Nigel Loughton.
“At Odyssey House we provide therapeutic support and education to people in our community who battle addiction. We have been operating in Christchurch for over 30 years’ and have the experience and skills to support those in need.”
Complementing the services of Odyssey House, Pathway is recognised for its prisoner reintegration and employment programmes, along with its accommodation services in Canterbury.
“For the past 20 years we have been working alongside male prisoners in Christchurch and have come to see the growing number of female offenders who also need support,” said Pathway Executive Director, Steve Jukes.
“From our initial discussion with Odyssey House, it was a meeting of the minds. Both organisations knew we had a role to play, and we recognised that together we have a wealth of experience to bring this initiative to life.”
The pilot, which is supported by the Department of Corrections, will run from June 2019 - June 2020. Each intake will run for 16-weeks, and in total will support approximately 30 women on bail or parole.
Representatives from both organisations were joined by local Iwi and government agency leaders for the official opening at the facility in Christchurch.
For further statistics, see Corrections’ Wahine e rere ana ki te pae hou – Women’s Strategy 2017-2021, available here.
About the programme
Women will be supported to understand their substance use in the context of their psychosocial development. Women will be supported to develop skills, and confidence to provide healthy futures for themselves and their children.
The pilot programme comprises of three stages, and will be supported by an aftercare programme:
● Pre entry engagement – up to 2 months
● Residential support – residential 4 – 6 months
● Recovery House - Supported Living - Up to further 6 months
● Aftercare – A wrap around service that supports reintegration
About Pathway Trust
Pathway is a charitable group which helps people make a fresh start.
Established in 1997, the Canterbury-based organisation provides prisoner reintegration services, employment support and affordable housing. Recognised for its innovative reintegration programmes, Pathway has been a long-time enabler, bridging the needs of offenders, to better support their transition back into the community. Pathway is supported by its social enterprise, with profits returning to Pathway Trust to enable its impactful social
services to continue.
About Odyssey House Trust
Odyssey House Trust Christchurch provides therapeutic support and education to clients with drug and alcohol addictions. The organisation's mission is to improve the wellbeing of individuals, family and community affected by addiction, mental health and related issues. Odyssey House’s programmes opened in Christchurch in 1985, and today the organisation delivers residential care, day programmes, prison-based alcohol and drug assessments, as well as outreach services.
Director - Odyssey House Trust Christchurch
Phone: 027 234 5602