Volunteer with PARS
Change a life, encourage a prisoner, or help a family - volunteer with PARS today!
Have you ever felt like you have more to contribute to your
community? Volunteering with PARS can be an incredibly rewarding
experience. It gives you the opportunity to help someone either
while they're still in prison or transitioning to the community or
enable whanau to visit a family member who they may not be able to
see very often.
Regardless of your age, background, or skills, you can make a
Becoming a community mentor is all about helping a released
prisoner re-adjust to life outside of prison, and giving them tools
and support that they need to reduce reoffending. Mentors make a
huge difference in the lives of released prisoners by:
- Helping establish networks to support successful return to
whanau/community and NZ society
- Encouraging and supporting released prisoners to navigate their
- Being a positive role model for released prisoners and by
helping them enhance their social skills
- Supporting released prisoners with healthy decision-making
For families of prisoners, there is often very little support,
and many struggle to visit prisons due to tight budgets, lack of a
car or distance of the prison from bus routes. Being available to
transport family/whanau members to visit can make a real difference
and helps encourage strong family relationships.
For long serving prisoners, isolation from family and social
exclusion is daunting. Our committed prison visitors help ease the
exclusion through developing a constructive link to the outside
world by visiting, talking and listening to them. Become a prison
visitor to help bridge the gap between prison and the outside
We know that becoming a volunteer can be scary if you feel as
though you are unprepared or unqualified. At PARS, we help to
prepare you and you have support to call on at any time.
- We offer full training and ongoing support, and encourage you
to use it.
- We provide mileage reimbursement if you're using your own
- We negotiate the time commitment with you individually, so you
can help in a way that fits into your lifestyle.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org , or call our office on 09 630