What is it about?
- Oftentimes, ex-offenders struggling to reintegrate into society have a distinct lack of pro-social peers to turn to for support and guidance, it is here that a volunteer can play a crucial role.
- We recruit and train Volunteer After-Care Officers (VAOs) to assist our clients under our Volunteer After-Care Programme, complementing other initiatives for ex-offenders and their families conducted by our full-time social workers and case managers.
Who is it for?
- Offenders/ex-offenders and their families
- Children of incarcerated mothers and their caregivers
WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS DO
- We hope to show our clients that society cares for them and that they are returning as accepted members of the community
- One-to-one befriending includes visiting the client before release to build rapport, discussing release plans as well as identifying main problem areas to work on upon his or her release
- May also include working with the client’s family to address and help resolve any issues affecting the client’s return
INITIATIVE FOR INCARCERATED MOTHERS AND AFFECTED CHILDREN (IIMAC)
- To assess the level of care for children of incarcerated mothers, as well as the ability of their caregivers to properly carry out this role
- To also identify caregivers in need of additional support and channel the necessary help to them
- Achieved through home visits by our social workers, case managers and VAOs
- This first-level intervention, assessment and referral to appropriate services help to ensure that these innocent young persons do not suffer any more than they already have and are protected from any harm that may arise from inadequate care arrangements following their parent’s incarceration
As we encourage society to accept our clients, it is an honour to be accepted by them too. Each time they open up, there is a great satisfaction, and only those in my shoes, know how that feels...May Hui (SACA volunteer since 2002)
(including 121 children and their caregivers)
* FY 2015 Key Statistics