Anne Galloway pictured centre with Chris and Pam Allan

Success for Joshua Foundation

by Mike Isle

Joshua Foundation has had further success and recognition of its work at Christchurch Men’s Prison (CMP) Youth Unit.

The foundation has delivered the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award at the CMP Youth Unit for the past three-years with outstanding success.

They have worked with 41 participants; thirty-nine have achieved awards.

This month two gold awards, two silver awards and six bronze awards were presented.

The award winners participated in a sponsored triathlon that raised $200 for Te Whare Hauora, Christchurch Women’s Refuge. They also created community gardens gifting produce and plants to the more vulnerable people in the community. The awards were presented by Christchurch City councillor Anne Galloway, who said she felt privileged and honoured to speak and present certificates to the recipients.

“It is a huge accomplishment for anybody to meet all that is required to achieve these awards, but when you add in the particular challenges that the prison environment presents, I am astonished by what these young men have done.”

Joshua Foundation founder Chris Allan said the foundation had developed and adapted their programmes to support young men within Corrections’ CMP Youth Unit.

“The goal was to Engage; Relate and Connect with these young men and provide them with the tools to empower them to make personal change; view the world through a different lens and recognise their intrinsic value to the community,” he said.

In 2018, Joshua Foundation created history by having the first young person in the country receive a Gold DOEIA Award from within Corrections; now they have two more.