- Informal counselling, any time of day, our project officers are readily available and on call to help with any issues, people may face, including crisis response.
- A standard ICV grant of $500 to buy essential items like clothes, shoes and phones to start life again.
- Referral to the nearest social and spiritual networks, including Mosques.
- Events to bring people together to share food, experiences and to create support networks in their transition journeys.
- Advocacy work, for example court related and legal representation.
- Collaboration with mainstream integration services to ensure culturally and religiously appropriate services.
- Management of compliance with community corrections release conditions, including accompaniment to appointments.
- Support for parents and families of individuals – largely from migrant backgrounds who do not fully understand court and legal systems – including financial support, referral, language support as well as mediation and informal counselling to help keep strengthening family ties.
Mukhtar Mohammed is the coordinator of Muslim Connect, Bakri Shanino is the project officer and Lina Ayoubi is the female support officer. Muslim Connect is ICV’s community reintegration program for Muslim-Victorians who are exiting the prison system and is available at six prisons in Melbourne, five male and one female prison. Upon release, the program connects Muslims back in with their community and provides necessary support services for successful reintegration. Engagement begins inside prison, and involves pre-release and post-release support. Services include: