Nothing Great is ever accomplished alone.
Many of us recognise the benefits of a good mentor – be they a parent, a teacher, or a friend. A mentor teaches you from their own experience, encourages you through setbacks, and motivates you to do better.
At Momentum, we are currently researching and developing a mentorship programme to connect people who have completed life skills programmes whilst in prison with volunteer community mentors on their release. Anecdotally, we’ve heard from past prison-leavers that leaving prison can be a stressful and overwhelming time, especially in the first few weeks and months.
Prison-leavers often enter a world they are unfamiliar with. They might need help setting up a bank account, getting an IRD number, organising accommodation, doing an initial food or clothing shop, applying for a driver’s licence, creating job applications, or applying for Work and Income subsidies. These tasks can feel overwhelming without support or guidance from someone who knows how the world works.
A mentor can help out with even simple things that many of us take for granted, like showing a prison-leaver where to get a bus card.
Our mentorship programme will give prison-leavers the ability to employ their practical skills and re-establish their lives whilst receiving direct support from a knowledgeable and compassionate mentor, whilst building a relationship and widening their social-skills tool kit. This support will provide prison-leavers with the best chance at a new start, and could decrease the likelihood of falling back into past, negative behaviours.
Our mentors would join a network of other likeminded, competent and altruistic people and be supported by the Momentum team.
Get in touch with us today if you would like to get involved or know more – firstname.lastname@example.org