About Us

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Founded in 1951, Community Restorative Centre Inc. (CRC) is an independent community organisation with a broad funding base. We draw skilled staff, management committee, and volunteers from a range of relevant backgrounds. CRC is an incorporated association and a registered charity.

Our Mission

CRC aims to change lives positively by supporting people affected by the criminal justice system. Our primary goal is to improve our clients’ quality of life by providing practical and emotional support.

We aim to reduce crime and the impact of incarceration on individuals and the community through a range of services and targeted projects. CRC works in partnership with other organisations to improve access for our clients to support and services. We create opportunities for our clients to participate in the wider community and achieve independence.

We Assist Ex-Prisoners

Life for ex-prisoners can be extremely difficult. Many experience problems with housing, employment, finances, relationships, drugs and alcohol and mixing with other people.

CRC can help people resettle into communities by providing direct services as listed under our Services section on this site. Ex-prisoners are also welcome to call CRC to discuss resettlement issues any time after their release.

CRC provides support services to people making the stressful transition from prison to the wider community. We aim to reduce the incidence of people re-offending and returning to prison. We provide three months of pre-release support and information to prisoners. The program also operates for up to one year after release and can help with employment, health, finances, housing, identification, and debt issues.

There are also a number of organisations that can provide help and support over the long-term or in crisis situations.

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We Assist Families

The families and friends of prisoners are often as invisible to the outside world, as the people they know who are serving time. They constitute a unique group as whilst they are not prisoners, they are also not completely ‘outside’ the prison system. They are often entwined with the police, the courts and Corrective Services and they frequently spend a considerable amount of time travelling to and from correctional centres in order to spend time with their person inside.

When somebody goes to prison, it can be an extremely traumatic time for those left behind. Whether you’re a partner, parent, friend or other relative, life can become very difficult emotionally, financially and socially. Knowing where to get information, how to get help and assistance Can be very confusing.

CRC Family Support Service can ease these troubled times by providing information, advice and support to families from the courts through to release. We’re never more than a phone call away.

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Our Goals
  • Improve the quality of life of prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families

  • Ease the transition to life after prison

  • Assist clients to participate in the wider community

  • Increase access to support services

  • Promote health and well-being

  • Foster social cohesion

  • Provide quality service and support

  • Create opportunities for our clients to achieve independence

  • Values

Our values
  • Ethical service provision

  • Social justice

  • Independent, secular and non-discriminatory service

  • Collaboration with other organisations and the community

  • Innovation and flexibility in building our services

  • Participation of clients and the community in service review and development

  • The skill and diversity of our staff, volunteers, members, and management committee