Most released prisoners underestimate how difficult the transition from prison to the community will be. They are not prepared for paying bills, for relationships or employment and this sees many of them turn back to old habits to cope. We believe this is why so many re-offend and return to prison.
In addition to our existing services, we are introducing a fresh new innovation, the Navigate Initiative. In partnership with the Department of Corrections (DOC) and in collaboration with other community organisations and individuals, Pathway is developing a pre-release preparation unit inside Christchurch Men’s Prison which will intensively prepare prisoners for release back into the community.
The men in the unit will be provided with living skills, employment preparation, literacy and numeracy, relationship restoration and personal development.
The Navigate Initiative allows us to operate independently (in adherence to DOC rules) and apply our reintegration strategy, which has already proven successful at reducing recidivism.
How can you help?
There are two important ways that you can support the Navigate Initiative. One is by volunteering your time through our Community Skills Bank, the other is by investing financially:
» Help by: Investing Financially
The annual projected cost of the initiative is $340,000. - We need your help to reach this target.
We are seeking investments from businesses, organisations, churches and individuals to help us, help others. Purchasing "Supporter Shares**" in the Navigate Initiative will see you be a part of reducing crime and helping our community.
Supporter shares are sold in multiples of $1,000 with a five year commitment. Purchasing one share involves donating $1,000 per year for five years, at a total cost of $5,000.
Why invest in the Navigate Initiative?
* Join a ground-breaking project that will produce huge benefits for our community - when people leaving prison succeed it is good for everyone.
* Own your own part of measurable social change through improvements in post release outcomes and a reduction in re-offending. Supporter Shareholders will receive regular updates about how their investment is making a difference and an independent research company will be commissioned to report annually on the project outcomes.
* Pathway’s business arm Alloyfold has already invested the first $50,000 per year by committing to buying 50 shares - we believe in this project!
However, there are other options to get involved, should you prefer another form of donation. Click here to find out more.
» Help by: Joining the Community Skills Bank
We need people to share their skills with men living inside the Navigate Initiative unit. This means teaching the participating men valuable life skills in workshops, ongoing lessons or one-off training sessions. From the practical and mechanical to the musical and academic, your skills can help prepare people for life outside the wire!
We value your time. That's why it is completely up to you to choose how much time you want to give. You will also receive an induction and ongoing volunteer support. Click here to find out more.
This is your chance of participating in a very rewarding project that will help make our community a better place.
We believe that people can make positive change in their lives when given the tools to do so.
Contact Carey Ewing to register your interest in this exciting new project:
• Email: email@example.com
• Phone: (03) 982 4853
*Than had been expected by the Department of Corrections at time of release. Download the full report at www.pathway.org.nz
**Supporter shares are a donation and will not result in a financial return or legal ownership of a property or service. Supporter shares are not tradeable or sellable.