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Facilitators needed to deliver programmes for women on Probation

March 02, 2018 at 8:35 AM

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The Department of Corrections is exploring; programmes, courses and workshops that would benefit the women in our care.

These programmes would be for women that are subject to a community based sentence- many who have a mandate from court to complete rehabilitative programmes and or who have community work hours to complete to ‘repay their debt to the community they offended against’.

Most of our women have experienced some form of trauma and have been victims themselves of crime, family violence, abuse and neglect.

Some have limited numeracy and literacy and many have barriers, such as child care or transport, which can impact on them attending programmes.

The Department of Corrections works to over come these barriers and we also offers several of our own ‘in house’ programmes. We are currently looking for external providers and community agencies that have suitable or complimentary programmes that would benefit our women and help them gain skills to make positive changes in their lives.

The ultimate goal is to support these women to get out of the Criminal Justice system and lead healthy, positive and productive lives.

We are looking for skilled facilitators who can manage group dynamics, motivate and strengthen engagement and that have some lived experience, or whom are knowledgeable and comfortable working with our client base.

The programmes can be anywhere from; one hour “taster or introduction” courses that could lead onto to other longer programmes, a couple hours long, or weekly half/full day on-going sessions over a short period of time.

They would need to be delivered Mon- Sat. daytime and ideally at our based service centres (from Manukau to Taitokerau). There may be some ability to organise transport to another training venue if there is good reason to do so.

At this stage we are looking for expressions of interest. I welcome you to email or ring me to discuss what training you could provide.

You may have a programme already developed that has been tried and tested or perhaps you or your organisation could create and tailor a programme specific for our client base.

Some of the areas of interest and benefit to our women are:

·         Parenting

·         Healthy relationships

·         Over coming trauma or abuse

·         Budgeting on a benefit or for running a house hold on a low income

·         Self defence and keeping safe

·         Healthy life styles; cooking, exercise, sexual health, activities and getting involved in community

·         Addressing addiction

·         Mindfulness or yoga practice

·         Improving mental health

·         Te Reo Maori

·        Cultural crafts and skills

·        Building self confidence

·        Returning to the workforce

We are looking to get some of these programmes delivered over the next few months in this fiscal year- so completed by July 1st 2018, but we are also looking ahead and planning for next year.

Please send in your expressions of interest or contact me to arrange to meet, my details are in my signature below.

Nga mihi


Theresa Peters | Regional Manager Diversity

Rainbow Network | Women’s Strategy | Youth

Department of Corrections Ara Poutama Aotearoa | Auckland

Phone 027 8589 188 |

Category: Programmes