Children of Prisoners Week Campaign 2012

 

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Children of Prisoners Week 24-30th September source: This article is from the Pillars Spring 2012 Newsletter

The Children of Prisoners Week Campaign was a tremendous success in raising awareness about the plight of the 20,000 children who have a mum or dad doing time in prison.

The theme, “Not My Crime – Still My Sentence,” was inspired by the various experiences to which these children are vulnerable, including stigma, bullying, social isolation, separation anxiety, financial and developmental obstacles.

What started off to be a small campaign held in Christchurch grew into a much larger one than we expected.

Pillars’ researcher, Liz Gordon of Pukeko Research and Pillars staff were in high demand for newspaper,radio, and television interviews.

Mt Eden Corrections Facility staged a one week event to mark the occasion and raise awareness. In Addition nine of their staff have offered to volunteer their time for Pillars – what wonderful support from those who have an “insider’s” understanding of the value of our work.

Even the Minister of Corrections, Hon Anne Tolley mentioned in Parliament that it was Children of Prisoners Week. She spoke of the work Pillars does and also the importance of prisoner parents having access to employment when released so that they are able to take up their parental responsibilities.

Back in Christchurch we launched the “Collateral Convicts” Exhibition at the Re: Start Container Mall. There was high public interest with a large number of the public viewing the display.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who made the event so successful and especially to Daniel Wright from Circle Trust who coordinated and supported the volunteers.

At the end of the week, Christchurch Men’s Prison Management invited Pillars staff to a presentation of a beautiful artwork carved and painted by a parent in prison as a thank you for our services to his family and to the children and families of prisoners in Christchurch.

To top it off, we had a record number of calls in one week from families seeking support and the prospect of a more hopeful future.

This Campaign has been so successful, we are determined to make it an annual event. Thank you for helping us spread the word and make a difference for these families.

3 Comments

  1. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It’s the little changes that will make the biggest changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

    Comment by Tommy — September 29, 2013
  2. Children of prisoners week 2013 was again very succesful!! If you missed it, here is Pillars’ new ad. Share this status with your friends and let’s work to break the cycle #ChildrenOfPrisonersWeek

    For more info on how you can help check out http://www.pillars.org.nz/

    Comment by circletrustnz — September 29, 2013
  3. I love reading an article that can make people think.
    Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

    Comment by Sheldon — November 7, 2013

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