RAW is based off a working business model that many leading global entrepreneurs have advanced in developing countries.
RAW breaks the cycle of drugs, crime and violence for recidivist female offenders.
RAW enables the next generation to be nurtured though the education system with a highly functional mother.
RAW provides an unprecedented level of 360 degree wrap around support to those that society has been unable to re-integrate given the recidivist nature of their offending.
RAW offers information and advice to families and friends of newly incarcerated inmates. RAW will talk you through the process, systems, expectations and the environment on the inside, assisting you to navigate Correction’s system.
RAW wins the war of social disruption and fiscal cost by reintegrating the women through supported education that also addresses the country’s employment skill gaps.
RAW gives choice and visibility to those that are unable to re-integrate into mainstream society through supported living and education.
RAW changes the outcomes for mothers, the hub and spoke of the family unit. Their change will mean their children are once again protected and nurtured.
RAW advocates for the government to implement policies, guidelines and fiscal frameworks that will achieve this objective and stop the long term funding drain and social cost for New Zealand.
The RAW incubator model provides a multi-layered level of support that advances, challenges and excites the RAW women as well as addressing the key barriers to living a legal life. We have identified the key barriers to achieving successful re-integration into society as:
Given the extent of these barriers, it’s little wonder the women being released into our communities struggle to integrate, quickly lose belief in themselves and return to their previous lifestyles and patterns of illegal behaviours.
The RAW incubator programme begins in prison where women are assessed against rigid criteria to confirm their readiness for change and for “incubation”. On selection, RAW then guides the women’s choice, involvement and completion of relevant educational pathways or a pathway to employment as well as building up a trusted relationship. Wintec and Waikato University have offered full educational scholarships for all the incubator women. RAW travels the entire journey with those on the incubator programme.
On release from prison, RAW women are placed in incubator homes which house up to 4 women. These homes have been secured and rented by RAW in the Hamilton area and are fully furnished from donated content.
Incubator houses provide a safe, structured living environment that allows for growth, acceptance and sound decision making. The initial incubation period is for 12 months as this time frame feels achievable by the women entering the programme.
RAW focuses on mums and becomes the “navigator” that the ‘More effective social services Report’ recommends the government adopt. It works at an individual level to understand the needs and the services (education, health, and living) required to help each woman to reshape their lives.
Throughout the RAW Journey the women are learning new skills that will assist them to move on from RAW. How long each woman stays with RAW is personal to her history and aspirations. When a woman is ready to move into her own home RAW will facilitate the transition.
As a criminal record is a lot like a handicap and comes with discrimination, RAW will continue to advocate for the RAW women whenever they request support to gain employment, housing and access to their children.
The RAW women will be the game changers for the social change that is needed in New Zealand. They are resourceful and determined; seeing RAW as the opportunity they never thought they would have. RAW has got them up and running towards an exciting finishing post for themselves and their children.
The words of Celia Lashlie resonate strongly ….
“For me it isn’t just about us ‘fixing them’ – it’s about empowering those that come from disadvantaged and criminal backgrounds to realise the potential that they have to make a difference within their own families. It is about showing them that they can be different and that they are the key to that difference. It is about investing them with sense of themselves and a right to live a life free of hassle and harassment”
From Celia Lashlie – The Journey to Prison”
It costs $100,000 per year to keep one woman incarcerated. This does not include community expenses like policing, probation, costs of criminal behaviours (insurances), destruction of families (collateral damage of making income by criminal activity including drug manufacturing and trafficking, legal aid, court costs, Oranga Tamariki (CYFS), medical costs, unpaid fines, ongoing debt etc).
It takes little calculation to forecast the savings at every level that this initiative can make for all those involved.
Gallagher Charitable Trust as RAW’s first Cornerstone Partner.