Long term housing support

The Aspire program at the Hutt St Centre in Adelaide provides long-term support to people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, including those about to exit from prison. Christine caught up with Michael Frances, Development and Partnerships Manager at the Hutt St Centre, to learn more about Aspire.

For more information visit the Hutt St Centre https://www.huttstcentre.org.au/

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Overcrowding in the Adelaide Women’s Prison

The Adelaide Women’s Prison is at capacity which means many women have to stay at the Holden Hills police holding cells, which are not equipped for lengthier periods of incarceration. Linda talks to Michelle about why this is happening and how we, as a society, should be responding.

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Christine’s story: from crim to prim!

Our own Radio Seeds broadcaster, Christine, has spent much of her life battling drug addiction which has led to her serving multiple short prison sentences. The last time she was arrested she knew “that was it” – turn her life around or spend years more of her life behind bars. Here’s her story.

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Please note this piece is produced in two parts

Music credits

8-String Ballad (Instrumental) by Aussens@iter (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. dig.ccmixter.org/files/tobias_weber/57010 Ft: Siobhan Dakay

Areyevil (Beyond Lost) by Speck (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. dig.ccmixter.org/files/speck/56745 Ft: Subliminal, Abstract Audio, texasradiofish, PorchCat

Urban Desert by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/56828 Ft: Javolenus

Tender Steps by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. dig.ccmixter.org/files/NiGiD/56286 Ft: Javolenus

The Raven by cdk (c) copyright 2007 Licensed under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Sampling Plus license. dig.ccmixter.org/files/cdk/8758

Radio Seeds February Show

In this month’s show we showcase the personal story of one of our own broadcasters, Christine, who has successfully exited the revolving prison door. Linda highlights the very real problem of overcrowding in the Adelaide Women’s Prison and Michael Frances from the Hutt St Centre tells us about a new program to provide long-term support for people experiencing homelessness.

We hope you enjoy the show.

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Former women prisoners tell the world “what I know now”.

A radio series raising awareness about the issues faced by women when they are first released from prison will launch on Friday 27th May.

“What I Know Now” is a series of short radio programs produced by Seeds of Affinity Pathways for Women, an Adelaide-based support group for women of lived prison experience, as part of a research project supported by the University of South Australia.

The radio series targe13254400_10153812688217961_5150567248245633886_nts women who have just been released from prison, or who are about to make this transition, and provides information the participants wished they had been told upon release.

“I know from a personal stand-point that when you’re released from prison, to actually believe that you’re worth anything, to believe that you can contribute anything to mainstream society, it’s very very difficult,” said participant Linda Fisk, who was a founding member of Seeds of Affinity in 2006.

The radio programs will also inform the general public about the main issues faced by women when they first re-enter the community after a prison sentence, as well as promote the services offered by Seeds of Affinity Pathways for Women.

The series was developed through a set of workshops led by Dr Heather Anderson, Journalism Lecturer from the School for Communication, International Studies and Languages at the University of South Australia and Dr Charlotte Bedford, Visiting Researcher at the Department of Media, University of Adelaide.

“Radio is a powerful medium for story-telling,” said Dr Heathe13230168_10153821003887961_3780306946357150598_nr Anderson.

“It overcomes problems with literacy but also humanises the issues being discussed – which is important for women who have been stigmatised by a past prison sentence”.

Dr Anderson and Dr Bedford have both previously worked in prisoner radio, in Australian and the UK, and are currently researching the benefits of radio in assisting prisoners to avoid recidivism, both during incarceration and post-release.

They approached Seeds of Affinity with a basic concept to use radio to produce messages, and the series developed from there.

“There was a strong commitment from the start of the project that the Seeds’ women wanted to help others who were going through what they had already survived,” Dr Anderson said.

The theme of ‘What I know now’ has driven the project from the very start”.

13240078_10153812688117961_1634460758108989069_nSeeds of Affinity participants developed skills in preparing and conducting interviews, recording voice-overs, scripting radio packages and explored a variety of story-telling techniques over an eight week period to produce the radio series.

The programs will showcase on WOW FM 100.5MHz (Semaphore community radio) at 3pm on Friday May 27th, and will be rebroadcast on University of South Australia’s internet radio station unicast.com.au at 5pm on the same day.

The series will also be showcased nationally on community radio through the radio show Jailbreak and podcast on the Seeds of Affinity website (seedsofaffinity.org.au). Three D Radio’s Prison Show will also broadcast the pieces over the next month.

Interested broadcasters are welcome to contact Dr Heather Anderson for a copy of the audio.

 Or you can check out the Teaser below

Media Contact

Dr Heather Anderson, University of South Australia

08 83024677

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