Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Red Cross and VACRO are seeking volunteers to become involved in the Visitors Resource Centre Programs at Port Phillip Prison and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

Program Officer, Jeremy Watkins say Red Cross is seeking reliable people with a mature outlook and good interpersonal and communication skills.

“As well as being a friendly face and someone who can offer a cup of tea or coffee, Red Cross volunteers meet and talk to visitors, provide them with emotional reassurance and support, link them to specialist support services and generally help to raise awareness about, and de-mystify prison policies, procedures and the broader correctional environment” says Mr Watkins.

“Families visiting prison often experience high levels of anxiety and stress, especially during their first visit, as well as shock, grief, shame and loss. Children are often unsettled and confused”

“If families are supported to maintain positive links with an imprisoned family member, the prisoner’s return to the community is often more successful”.

“Volunteers are fully supported and provided with comprehensive training which includes orientation around the prison, communication techniques and problem-solving”.

Mr Kilkenny says “One thing Red Cross doesn't do is judge people”.

“It's amazing how making a cup of tea for someone and having a chat can make such a difference, but it does”.

The Prison Visitors’ Resource Centre Program at Port Phillip Prison and the planned program at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre is being conducted in partnership with VACRO, the Port Phillip Prison and Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

To attend an information session please contact Jeremy Watkins on 8327 7833 or email [email protected]

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