Community Mentor (Prison Support Mentor)
: PARS (People At Risk Solutions) is a charitable trust and a leading agency in the Northern Region that supports and assists the needs of prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families/whanau, also delivering services inside and outside the prisons.
Some prisoners have a support network and the required social skills to reintegrate into the community following their release. For others this can be absent which then makes their return to society daunting.
The Community Mentoring programme helps released prisoners and those Deported readjust to life on the outside. Our specially trained Mentors provide practical support which can include but is not limited to helping them to be work ready, life skills and navigating community connections/supports.
Time commitment: 1 hour weekly tailoring off as the need decreases. A commitment of twelve months preferred.
- One-to-one mentoring
- Group mentoring
- Combination – both one-to-one and group mentoring.
- Community mentoring i.e. Community groups/Churches/Organisations
- All mileage reimbursed is paid at IRD rate.
- All out of pocket expenses are also reimbursed.
- Required to attend compulsory PARS 1.5 hour Orientation and 3.0 hour indepth training based in Northland
- A Corrections induction training.
- Orientation and interviews will be scheduled, with training commencing Feb 2019.
- Volunteers must be over 21 years of age
- Complete a Police Vetting Application
- Complete a Department of Corrections Third Party Clearance Application.
- Provide two character referees.
- Ideally if required to use their own transport while volunteering, that the vehicle is warranted & registered and Volunteer has a Full License.
- Be reliable and non-judgmental, punctual, personable, have good listening skills and patience.
- Community Mentors would have to be able to travel to PARS residential houses in Whangarei and Kaikohe