This week is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to recognise the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

This year’s theme is to ‘Colour our Communities Red’ by tying a red bow or ribbon on your fence, around a tree, or letterbox as a symbol of support for volunteers.

At Corrections, volunteers have been providing support and assistance to prisoners, offenders and staff for over 45 years. The Correctional Services Volunteer Unit began in 1973. There are currently 150 volunteers working across our prisons and in community corrections.

In the 2018-19 financial year, the Volunteer Unit provided an astounding 11,832 hours of work.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life – students, parents, retirees, nurses, school teachers – and the services they provide are as varied as their backgrounds. They play a vital role within the department, from visiting prisoners and assisting with release into the community, through to transport and mentoring. The volunteers work with staff to provide programs with a focused rehabilitative approach and provide an individualised support service to prisoners and offenders.

DCS would like to thank each and every one of our volunteers for their generosity, selflessness and for donating their time, skills, and expertise to the department.

If you’d like to find out how you can volunteer with DCS contact our volunteer unit on 8440 3608 or visit the volunteer unit page for further information.