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, who are considered at-risk of offending, or facing charges at those courts. Women in other areas may also be considered on a case-by-case basis and the location of available mentors. 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
- Be available to catch up regularly
- Provide support to develop and implement coping strategies
- Explore volunteering, training, or employment opportunities