WAM supports women facing criminal charges or at risk of offending.
Participating in the program means spending time every week with a volunteer mentor. The mentor is committed to you. She will support, encourage, and occasionally challenge you.
A mentoring relationship gives you the chance to look at things from a different perspective, to gain confidence, and access the opportunities available to you.
Mentoring can lead to improvements in self-esteem, better coping skills, and increased connection with the community.
Some relationships are focused on practical tasks, while others are centred around conversation, or involve participation in community activities. A mentoring relationship can change as your needs do.
Women who live in the catchments of Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Sunshine, Frankston and Broadmeadows Magistrates Courts, or are facing charges at those courts. Everyone is screened for risk, motivation, and readiness before being matched with a mentor.
What can a mentor do?
- Help to find and use community resources
- Give support at court
- Offer personal and practical assistance
- Help to look up options for now and the future