Manawatu Prisoners Aid provides support to ex-offenders who need help with practical day-to-day issues.  We can assist with setting up bank accounts, accessing WINZ benefits, health appointments, identifying employment and volunteer opportunities and support with day to day activities.

PARS can visit prisoners whilst in prison to support them with issues that they may be worried about.

Our volunteers provide social support to alleviate isolation and discrimination.

We also provide support to family/whanau to assist with prison visiting applications, information, and support with any concerns about someone in prison, locally or somewhere else in New Zealand.  We can also send property (clothing, phone cards, etc) into prison on behalf of family members, and receive property sent out to family from prisoners.  Our property runs are Monday and Thursday afternoons.

PARS volunteers visit the prison on Monday and Friday afternoons to talk to prisoners and take requests for support and contact with family.

If you need travel support to visit someone in Manawatu Prison our office may be able to arrange this.  We also provide funding (when available) for family members in Manawatu  to visit someone in prison outside of Manawatu

If you are concerned or worried and need support contact us at our local office.  The Palmerston North office is a drop-in centre for clients to call in for a coffee and chat – Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm.