Volunteers and organisations have an important role to play in the provision of religious-based programmes and in assisting the inmate's integration back into society.
Spiritual guidance facilitates in the inmate's rehabilitation. It provides the necessary emotional and mental support for inmates to cope with life's experiences.
Spiritual support also forms an important aspect of offenders' psychological well-being. It can give them the mental strength to maintain a positive outlook in life.
The religious services are provided by volunteers from the following various religious organisations such as Prison Fellowship Singapore, Singapore Buddhist Federation, Roman Catholic Prison Ministry, Darul Ghufran Mosque and Sikh Welfare Council.
Enrichment and Academic Programmes
We have a wide range of non-religious activities, running the gamut from enrichment programmes, art therapy, academic tutoring to family-based activities that volunteers can contribute to.
Realising the importance of equipping inmates with the relevant skills to ensure their successful reintegration upon release, organizations and volunteers are engaged to provide skills training and workshops on a voluntary basis.
Programmes such as anger and emotion management, financial planning, and speech craft provide the necessary skill sets, positive habits and social values to inmates, so as to augment the rehabilitation efforts and allow effective i.e. Integration into the society
Inmates are given opportunities to advance their educational qualifications, so that they can strive to be responsible and contributing citizens upon their release. Support from individual volunteers in terms of supervising or tutoring inmates in their weakest subjects is important. This will improve offenders' to achieve academic success. Volunteers not only help offenders academically, but also provide the encouragement and motivation by acting as mentors and friends.
An offender needs a network of pro-social peers that encompasses friends, mentors and befrienders, to support his reintegration efforts.
We welcome passionate individuals to sign up as a befriender. The befriending programme targets offenders who have minimal support from family and positive peers. Volunteers will foster a meaningful befriending relationship with the offenders in prison and continue to offer moral and pro-social support to offenders after their release, thus preparing offenders for reintegration into the society. The befriending programme would require 16-month commitment as the Befriender would befriend the offender of up to10 months before his release (incare) and continue to befriend the offender of up to 6 months after release (aftercare).
Yellow Ribbon Community Project
Families of offenders and ex-offenders play important roles in their rehabilitation and reintegration process. To many of them, their families have been a major source of motivation for them to change their ways. In addition, families can also provide ex-offenders with the financial and social support that these individuals need, while they pick up their lives after release from prisons. Enhancing support given to families of offenders can reduce re-offending and help prevent intergenerational patterns of incarceration.
The Yellow Ribbon Community Project (YRCP) was introduced to provide community support and assistance to families of inmates through grassroots organisations. This grassroots-led initiative provides support to families of incarcerated persons, help stabilises the families as they cope with the uncertainties arising from the incarceration of the offenders. It also sends a message to the offender that the community is also proactively providing support to his family and that he could focus on his rehabilitation and reintegration.