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The Inside-Out course focuses on personal character development, equipping people to be their ‘best selves’ to enable them to face and overcome challenges in creating and realising opportunities during the process of building new lives after leaving prison.

The ‘Inside-Out’ initiative is designed to develop the capability of inmates to manage the GAP - the transition from prison life to being constructive and valued members of their families and communities.  It does this by providing a safe, non-judgemental space within which people can look at their lives from the ‘outside’ and discover a new way of belonging, and sometimes, a new place to belong.  But the door to change can only be opened from the inside, and all the knowledge in the world is useless if not put into practice.  Hence we offer a subsequent path of mentoring to help people practice the new way of belonging and gradually replace old habits, ‘working out what has been worked in’.

To enable this program to be continue to be offered in a prison setting during COVID restrictions the course has been adapted to enable it to be offered as a computer/video based program.

"All of the  flowers of all of our tomorrows are in the seeds of today"

Ken Duncan

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor E. Frankl 


‘The GAP’ is where ex inmates find themselves after release from prison and is a major contributor to high rates of recidivism, to growing prison populations, and to collateral damage sustained by families and communities.  Most people in prison have very little idea of how difficult their ‘GAP’ will be, let alone how to cross it successfully.  Inside-Out isn’t complicated.  It offers hospitality during a window of time to:

1.    See our lives within our culture, as ‘A Story we half-write’ and what it means to belong.
2.    Accept the often confronting, but insightful challenge of a realistic look at ‘The story so far….’
3.    Be real in deciding ‘Where and Who I want to be’, amongst the needs of others.
4.    Understand and recognise the obstacles and barriers that will be met, and how to work through them.
5.    Develop strategies and skills that with practice will build confidence to navigate and overcome pitfalls and diversions, and
6.    Find support and encouragement to be the author, director and main actor in reconstructing the story of the rest of their lives.

If you would like to know more, or would like to explore the possibility of assisting with delivery of a program, or becoming a mentor, please contact Tony Carter via email link below.

Request for Additional Inside-Out Information’

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