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
family-connect @ State Courts
When a loved one breaks the law and is imprisoned, his entire family often serves the sentence together with him and suffers too, faced with unique obstacles to overcome. Newly launched in 2018, SACA's volunteers provide on-site support at the State Courts to families of first-time offenders after the sentence is pronounced in the courtrooms.
The stability and support of the family is necessary to help their loved one to rehabilitate and readjust to changes at home and in society upon his release from prison.
- Volunteers will be at the State Courts every Monday and Wednesday each week, 10am-2pm.
- Information and referral services will be provided to families of offenders.
My take on volunteering can be summed up in A-B-C: Acceptance, Building rapport and staying Connected. Without acceptance, we are unable to move forward to build rapport. It is also important to remain connected with them and to let them know that we are committed to this journey with them!
Clara Yap (SACA volunteer since 1998)
(including children and their caregivers)
* FY 2017 Key Statistics