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The Brothers inside project consisted of two phases of fathering workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in prison. The aims of the workshops were to highlight the importance of fathers in their childrens' lives; to explore participants' roles as fathers (both in and out of prison); and to identify ways in which the participants could strengthen their connections with their children.
The workshops involved a variety of activities including building a sense of community, group discussions, physical activities, art work and poetry.
Learnings and challenges from the project were documented to support future work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers in prison. These include:
The Brothers inside project conducted five workshops at the Cessnock Correctional Complex between 2004 and 2008. A second set of workshops were conducted at St Heliers Correctional Centre, Cessnock Correctional Centre and Kempsey Correctional Centre between 2008 and 2009.
The project was conducted by the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle.
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Family Action Centre
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW 2308
Ph: (02) 4921 6858
Fax: (02) 4921 8686