The Who Did You Help Today? charitable trust established Mothers Project in 2015. The programme aims to connect volunteer lawyers with imprisoned mothers to provide assistance to try and maintain critical family ties and attachment while the mothers are separated from their children.
We have trained over 100 female lawyers as Mothers Project volunteers. Collectively they have helped over 700 mothers, impacting approximately 2,800 children.
Our team work closely with others, including social workers in the prisons, to help women with a broad range of issues.
In 2019 we expanded our services to offer a Storybook Programme in Auckland Women's Prison. This involves volunteers going into the prison and working with mothers to record the mother reading a book. The book and the mother's recording (on CD) is then posted to the child so they can hear their mother's voice.
We have developed a series of materials that are whanau-centred and are the only such materials in New Zealand. These aim to help mothers understand their responsibilites and rights.
We also have pamphlets that help whanau understand what it's like to visit mum in prison and how she spends her day. These have been specially written for children.
Mothers Project appreciates the generous support from the following: