Kids Days are a time for mums and dads in prison to have a special visit with their children, to have fun together, and create some great memories. Each Kids Day is based on a different theme, with lots of activities and games to keep everyone entertained.
The Program is operated by Onesimus in conjunction with the Tasmania Prison Service.
The Kids' Days for July 2019 are scheduled as follows:
Risdon Prison Complex
Tuesday 16th July
MHWP - Wednesday 17th July
RBMSP - Thursday 18th July
The next Kids' Days will be 15/16/17 October and 14/15/16 January 2019.
We provide opportunities for offenders to spend quality time assisting their children with their homework. In addition to in prison visits his program uses video technology to connect children who are unable to visit the prison to connect with their incarcerated parent to do homework.
The video homework program has attracted interest from Sir Richard Branson who writes concerning the program. Click here to read his blog.
CHILDREN AFFECTED BY PARENTAL OFFENDING (CAPO)
Based on a successful initiatives by Barnardos in the UK local practitioners in Tasmania have formed a working group focused on Children Affected by Parental Offending (CAPO).
Because of disruptions to family relationships it is not always practical for offender's family to bring children into the prison to visit a parent or relative. Through the work of a Family Engagement Worker Onesimus can assist children to visit their parent in prison.
Those interested in this service should contact Risdon Prison Visitors Centre or Onesimus's Office.
PLAYGROUND IN PRISON
Incarcerated fathers at Hobart’s Risdon Prison Complex can watch their children play during visits thanks to a new playground at the Ron Barwick Men’s Minimum Security Facility.
The Christian Family Centre received a $50,000 community infrastructure grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) to purchase and install the play equipment, which was opened in December 2016. It has been constructed in hopes of creating memories and a sense of normalcy for inmates and their children.