September 01st, 2022
Women and Mentoring (WAM) is a unique early intervention program that was established to keep women out of prison and reduce the risk of reoffending. Volunteer mentors support the women as they navigate the complex justice system, develop protective factors that change behaviours, and build social connections to deal with the underlying issues that may have contributed to their involvement with the justice system.
Our mission is to assist women in their early interaction with the justice system through the provision of a formal mentoring relationship. This will provide them with a pathway to develop and use positive life skills.
Our vision is a national, volunteer-based mentoring program for women which reduces female incarceration and recidivism and promotes women’s social inclusion.
Our values are Integrity – Respect – Belonging – Empowerment – Social Justice.
We are seeking to appoint new diverse Board members who will be actively involved in strengthening WAM. Directors are chosen in accordance with a formal skills matrix (provided on request).
This is a voluntary position, and it requires a time commitment of 3-4 days per month. Meetings are held every second month, on Wednesday evenings for 2 hours. There is also a strategic planning day once a year.
Board members are also asked to join one or two of the Board’s Committees:
• Finance, Audit & Risk
• Fundraising & Marketing
The Committees meet 4-6 times per year for 1-1.5 hours at a time. There is also some contact between meetings when Board members are asked to assist the team in various ways, for instance in our fundraising and lobbying activities, training our mentors or providing legal review of documents.
WAM receives its funding from a combination of State and Local Government grants, philanthropic grants, individual donations and fundraising activities. We employ eight part-time staff, and we work with women presenting at Magistrates’ Courts across metro and suburban Melbourne. With a funding increase in the 2022 State Budget, we are now expanding into regional Victoria.
Our legal structure is a company limited by guarantee. We are income tax exempt and have deductible gift recipient status.
We want our Board to be as diverse, inclusive and culturally safe as the community we work with. So we encourage applications from non-binary, First Nations or culturally and linguistically diverse people, as well as people living in regional Victoria.
For more information or to express your interest in the position, please contact the Chair of our Board – Ms Sam Payne on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0407 131 819.
Women and Mentoring (WAM)