Imagine that you’ve just been released from prison. The pressure is on to find work, money and to establish a new life for yourself. It’s disorienting and daunting. You may have no idea of what you want to do. And even if you do, you may not know where to start.
Some 97% of prisoners say they don’t want to reoffend, yet many become stuck in a cycle of reoffending because they lack the support to make positive changes in their life. Some 64% of prisoners who are sentenced to 12 months or less reoffend within a year of release.
At SWCC, we believe that, with the right support and encouragement, everyone can achieve their goal of living a life free from crime by forging a new path for themselves. We walk beside our clients, supporting them to build a better future.
A faith-based approach
Ours is a faith-based organisation. Our foundations are derived from faith-based principles of hope, compassion, forgiveness, the intrinsic uniqueness and value of every person, and the possibility of change and renewal for all, regardless of their past. We accept and value everyone, whether they share our faith, have a different faith or no faith at all.
Above all, what we do works: we’ve helped many people to turn their lives around and leave prison behind them for good. Take a look at our case studies [link to case studies page] for some of our client’s success stories.
“Why do I do this job?”
“I love helping people to achieve what they once thought impossible to achieve,” says Rachel, one of our community chaplains. “Most people just need support and encouragement, pointing in the right direction to discover what they can do. I love seeing the change in clients as they start to see people believing in them – that’s the most rewarding part of what I do.”