Sisters for Change projects in the first 12 months
Safe Women Workshops: weekly information sessions run by prisoners for incoming women to addressing the high rates of violence and sexual assault. Prisoners report less assaults, and less talk of assaulting others since the workshops began.
Clean up crew: Volunteers hold clean up working bees to improve hygiene and wellbeing inside the high security units.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Training: to increase the capacity of prisoners and staff to respond early and proactively to people experiencing a decline in mental health.
Mum’s in Jail: a book written for children of prisoners to make prison less frightening by explaining in a simple way what life is like for their mum inside.
Illustration from the book Mum's in Jail
Parents, Families and Carers Project: a kit for mums incarcerated for the first time, including information on how to organising visits, playgroup, receive mail and what to tell their kids. Includes a card so women can immediately write to their children.
Community contributions to the prison library: Over 200 new books added to the prison library to help improve emotional wellbeing of women, prevent frustration, worry, boredom and loneliness.
Elders for Change: Elders from the community are invited in to help women deal with grief and loss, provide connection to country and cultural safety. They champion the women, lift their spirits, and are caring figures.