PFNZ seeks to provide support to prisoners though our network of community volunteers. Break Free is the arm of PFNZ that focuses on support of prisoner; sometimes within the prisons in support of the Prison Chaplaincy but now more commonly in the community; our volunteers provide reintegration support to prisoners planning, or following, release.
Our new Whānau Link service aims to help mums and dads who have been released from prison in reuniting with their children, their wider families and their community.
But we also continue to provide our traditional group-based support (BreakFree Community) to prisoners without any community networks and we are developing a new restorative programme for in-prison use.
And if you’re a church, parish or individual struggling to support a released offender, get in touch. We’d love to be able to help.
Whānau Link is an initiative of Prison Fellowship New Zealand and the NZ Department of Corrections. The objective of Whānau Link is to reduce re-offending by giving the released offender, and his or her family and community the necessary help to cope with and manage the new situation.
Whānau Link is a PFNZ programme serviced by volunteers. It is administered from the PFNZ Head Office in Upper Hutt but has a nationwide reach and draws on volunteers from all over the country. | To continue reading: click here
- Breakfree Area Co-ordinator
- Whanau Link Prisoner Interviewer
- Whanau Link Post Release support
- Break Free Post Release support
From one of our families
“Without PFNZ we would have been destitute and that would have meant losing our children and having their lives stuffed up……… I am so very thankful and words are not enough to express the difference this has made.” Anon for safety reasons….