“Your story is your story, if you know it no one can take it away from you.” Aunty Pearl Wymarra has been visiting inmates in New South Wales prisons for over 35 years. After seeing some of her own family and friends in prison, Pearl feels keenly the need to support Indigenous inmates, and is […]
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The margins of society. It’s a term often used to identify the space in which prisoners find themselves. Separated, divided, apart from others. Usually the margins are not crossed over, and when they are traversed it is only in isolated circumstances. I’ve been working with Prison Fellowship and entering prisons for 5 years. Prison ministry […]
I’ve been volunteering with Prison Fellowship since 2017 and as an assistant chaplain since 2021. I’ve had a wonderful time working with the team here! I consider it an incredible opportunity to be part of a world-wide team that is so well-established and well-organised. It’s a very rewarding experience, working in prisons. The inmates […]
The line between good and bad doesn’t run around the top of the prison wall – it runs right through the middle of each of our hearts. This is one of many things prison ministry has taught me. When I first started to visit Victorian prisons regularly in 1979, one of the issues I needed […]
When I first heard that children with a parent in prison are 6 times more likely to end up in prison than their peers, it broke my heart. Innocent children whose lives are turned upside down at such a young age. Little did I know that God was preparing me for a role at Prison […]
“Prison Fellowship actually changed the trajectory of my life. They showed me what normal looked like. I’ve had a lot of social work interaction, counsellors, and psychologists as a young person, and none of them was as effective as the volunteers from Prison Fellowship.” For many children of prisoners, having a safe space to be […]
Clarisa spent much of her childhood travelling around Victoria visiting her father, who was in prison. There are two things that she remembers clearly about that time in her life: spending quality time with her dad and receiving Angel Tree gifts. Our ‘Normal’ My name is Clarisa, and my dad went to jail when […]
“Children with a parent in prison are six times more likely than their peers to end up in prison as adults. They are often labelled the ‘forgotten victims of crime’, and we believe it is critical to offer tailored support to this unique cohort” – Glen Fairweather, CEO, Prison Fellowship Australia. Prison Fellowship Australia […]
As a former Director of Camp for Kids, Rachel Mason understands the importance of providing an outlet and a safe space for children of prisoners each year. “If we can give the kids at least one positive week in their year, then you’re impacting them for a number of years which could turn into a […]
“I’ve never had a course where someone hasn’t said ‘There’s something different about this group – what is it?’” As a volunteer-driven organisation, we rely on your support and donations to serve those in prison, and their families. Our volunteers run courses like The Prisoner’s Journey (TPJ), an 8-week course that introduces inmates to […]