Melbourne Citymission launched a unique new campaign on May 1st that will raise funds for Mates for Inmates, a program that has been created to bring together abandoned dogs in need of love and care with female prisoners. The program will help women in prison improve their employment prospects and transition back to the community.
The Dame Phyllis Frost Centre in Victoria will host the inaugural program, in conjunction with Animal Aid. This program has the potential to reduce re-offending behaviour because it offers the women valuable work skills and responsibilities involved in the training of a dog.
There have been similar programs run across Australia, America and Europe since 1986 and have seen an inspiring success rate. 98% of participants did not re-offend and 66% gained employment. This is a program that can help women prisoners rebuild their confidence, self esteem and find their place in society.
The prisoners are not the only beneficiaries of the positive effects of this program. The homeless dogs are also rehabilitated and given a greater chance at adoption through the training and love the program provides.
All aspects of dog grooming, walking, obedience and health will be covered by the program and after completion the women will be gived the opportunity to apply for the Certificate 2: Dog Handling, which will offer increased employment opportunities on their release.
Championing this campaign is Carly Cheung, the veterinarian who cooked her way into the hearts of many Australians during her time on My Kitchen Rules.
“Mates for Inmates is such a great concept, looking out for our fellow humans as well as our canine friends. I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful cause’, said Carly.
If you want to be a part of this important program and make a difference in the lives of woman and dogs not as fortunate as you then Melbourne Citymission would love you to become a part of this campaign.
Help support Melbourne Citymission’s Mates for Inmates campaign by visiting www.matesforinmates.com.au or phoning 1300 364 507 to make a donation or to sponsor a dog
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