Friendship House Program
The Friendship Program encourages you to establish goals to assist you to be part of the community. While at Friendship House, you can expect to see volunteers 5 days a week, Monday to Friday. They are rostered to assist you to work through your goals.
These goals may be working through your Centrelink problems, helping to get an appointment, opening a bank account or looking for longer-term accommodation. Sometimes it is just a cuppa and a chat.
Volunteers are not the decision-makers in your life, they are more than happy to help you talk or think through an issue but decisions remain with you. Volunteers may be able to help you with some useful information or they might talk to someone on your behalf if you wish, but at all times they will consider your confidentiality. Although you may see a volunteer on your own, it is important to remember that the volunteers work with a team approach, sharing information.
Sometimes it is just a cuppa and a chat.
Friendship House Accommodation
This program also operates ‘Friendship House’, a two-bedroom house in a local Newcastle suburb to accommodate two clients. Residents are required to abide by house rules and sign an agreement for their stay of up to 28 days.
Referrals to the program are made through prison Welfare Officers.