Salisbury Street Foundation

 

Information for Residents and Potential Residents

 The Mission Statement of the Salisbury Street Foundation is:

 “To provide a professional, caring residential Habilitation programme for men who have been involved in criminal offending, to prevent further offending and to facilitate their safe integration into the community.”

 

Introduction:

 The Salisbury Street Foundation has worked with people since 1979.  The Foundation has changed and grown over the years and its role in helping men who have been through the criminal justice system to re-establish themselves in the community has been recognised in the contract between the Salisbury Street Foundation and the Department of Corrections.

 The guidelines which follow should clarify the way in which the Foundation works and the expectations we have of residents.  There are a number of restrictions and rules which residents are expected to follow.  These have been formulated over the years to make the programme work smoothly and to maximise the safety of both the residents and the community.

 Leave and Curfew Hours

 RED:  New residents are on this status for a minimum of eight weeks. Red status involves being accompanied by a staff member at all times when on outings. There are no weekend leaves during this time. 

 ORANGE:  Residents will be on this status for a minimum of ten weeks.  During this stage you are able to leave the programme with an approved support person (a sponsor) at permitted times throughout the week.  No overnight leaves are allowed during this stage.

 GREEN:   This is the final stage of the SSF programme and you will be on this status for the remainder of your time, providing you have had no relapses.  During this stage you can have planned weekend leave (with sponsors) that has been approved by your case worker.  Once you have completed approximately two thirds of your time on the programme, you can negotiate with your case worker the possibility of beginning part-time or full-time work.

 The safety of residents is important to us, as is the safety of the community.  If you are thought to be “at risk” at a particular address you may be directed not to visit that address.  Leave is always encouraged when it is to be spent with families and re-establishing healthy relationships with children.

 BLACK:    This is a very closely monitored status, where the resident needs to be in close proximity to staff at all times when on outings. This status is for those who have been bailed to SSF from the Courts, those on Temporary Pre-Release and those who are deemed to be very high risk of re-offending in the short term.

 

Warning Procedures

 In the event of a resident breaking any of the main rules or acting in a manner contrary to the guidelines, the following procedure will be followed.

  • In the event of an act of violence against another resident or a staff member, you will be removed immediately.  In all cases of an assault the police will be involved. 
  • In the event of you being found to have any illegal drug in your urine sample (including alcohol), a single and final warning will be issued in written form.  You will be asked to sign the warning, acknowledging its receipt.  You will be allowed to view the test result sheet and observe how it is filed and recorded.  The validity of results cannot be questioned by residents. 
  • The form of a final warning will be such that it is clearly stated that you may be removed from the programme in the event of another positive test. 
  • In the case of such a warning being issued, the Department of Corrections will be notified. 
  • In the event of a warning being required for other breaches of SSF rules, (e.g. lack of motivation, poor time keeping, failure to perform house duties etc.)  two written warnings must be given before you will be required to leave the programme.  It is expected that prior to any warning except for drug use, that inappropriate behaviour will be discussed with you and an opportunity for improvements to be made.

 House Tasks

 House tasks are rostered amongst the residents and the tasks are changed each week by the House Manager.  The House Manager is a position that is filled by a resident who has proven to be a reliable role model in the house and in this role often acts as a liaison between residents and staff.

 Cooking and Groceries

 It is important that residents prepare a full meal each weeknight.  This is part of the programme and all residents are expected to participate.  Only in special circumstances will you be allowed away from the programme at meal times.  Guests and family members are welcome to share meals on occasions, however this must be with the agreement and support of the residents and the Evening Supervisor.

 Buying groceries is a difficult job and residents will be supported by the Evening Supervisor who has the job of overseeing this process

 

Rooms

 Rooms upstairs are private space, but you are required to keep your room clean and to be responsible for the care of the bedroom furniture.

 Do not change rooms or furniture without the permission of the Management Team.

 Staff will not enter rooms without the resident’s permission; however the Foundation retains the right to carry out a search if we have reason to believe that a search is required for the detection of contravention of SSF rules.  Such a search would only be carried out with the resident present.

 

Keys

 There will be other times when staff may be required to enter a resident’s room when it is not possible to notify the resident, for such things as security or a fire hazard.  Residents will be notified as soon as is practicable after the event.

 Make sure you do not lose the key to your room.  It is a good idea to keep your room locked and to ensure your windows are closed when you are out of the house. 

 Please be aware of house security and keep doors locked and windows closed.

 

Linen

 SSF provides temporary bedding for when you first arrive, however you will need to purchase your own and will have an opportunity to do this in your first week at SSF.  You will require the following items: - sheets, towels, pillow slips, pillow, duvet inner and cover and facecloths.  A recoverable grant will be arranged through WINZ if you are not able to afford these.

 

Borrowing gear

 Certain items may be borrowed through the programme by negotiation with the Management Team.  All these items are your responsibility and must be paid for if they are lost.  Mountain bikes can be used for programmed recreation activities only and not as general personal means of transport.

 

Urinalysis

 You will have signed a consent form to allow staff to observe the giving of urine samples by you.  Failure to co-operate with this procedure may result in a warning being given to you as if the sample tested positive.  Samples must be given as soon as possible after they are requested, and within a three hour time period.

 

  

Vehicles

 When a resident has reached the last third of their programme, they may have their own vehicle provided they have negotiated this with their case worker, the car is warranted and registered, and the resident has an appropriate licence.  The resident will also be required to park their vehicle on the street.

 There is a “No Smoking rule in all SSF vehicles.

 

Pets

 It is SSF Board of Trustees policy that residents are not allowed to have pets staying with them on the property.

 

No Smoking Areas

 No smoking is permitted in the SSF buildings or vehicles.  This applies to visitors as well.  Areas are allocated for smoking outside the building.

 

Visitors and Guests

 SSF encourages residents to regard the house as their home, therefore guests and particularly family are welcome.  You are required to gain approval for any visitors from your case worker prior to the visit, and also to let staff know when a visitor arrives or leaves.

 During your first two weeks at SSF you will only be allowed very limited contact with people outside of the programme. This is designed to help you settle in at SSF and concentrate on what you need to achieve during your time on the programme, rather than be distracted by outside issues. Please do not arrange any visitors prior to your entry to the programme.

 Guests are able to visit from 6-10pm on Thursdays, 6pm-10pm on Saturdays, and 4pm-10pm on Sundays.

 Children and young people 16 and under should be off the premises by 9pm and must be supervised by their guardian at all times.  Visits must be conducted in public parts of the residence, and upstairs is off limits.

 

Timetable

 The day and evening programmes are a compulsory part of the programme and all residents are expected to be fully committed to this.  Absence from any part of the programme must be negotiated with your case worker.

 From time to time the timetable will require trips away from the premises overnight, sometimes for a week at a time.

 

  

Finances

 At the time you arrive on the programme you are requires to pay a bond of $200 (from your Steps to Freedom money).  This will be returned when you leave the programme, but it may be used to cover expenses we cannot recover e.g. unpaid toll bills, medical bills etc.

 You are required to open and manage a bank account.  Each resident’s benefit payment will be paid directly to SFF.  $100 board will be taken from the benefit each week and the balance (less any loan repayment arrangements) will be paid directly into your account.  Each resident has control over his own account and no money apart from the bond is held by SSF without consultation.

 

 

Evening Programme

 All residents are expected to be involved in the preparation of meals as explained above.  Residents are required to take part in activities planned by the Evening Supervisor on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.  Thursday and Friday are usually free time.

 

Night Supervisor

 All residents are informed that random bed checks will be done nightly by the Night Supervisor.

 

General

 This programme requires you to use your initiative and to enter into all aspects of it with a positive attitude.  You get out what you put in.  The Programme’s success depends largely on the commitment of the residents.  All residents will be treated fairly and openly by staff, who will always explain their actions.

 Residents are encouraged to bring up issues which concern them in meetings or in one to one sessions.

 

 




Contact Us

 
Address: 15 St Albans Street
P.O. Box 36-174
Christchurch NZ, 8146
Phone: (03) 355 9189
Fax: (03) 355 9123
Mobile: 027 434 5160
Email: lyn.voice@salisburystreet.co.nz
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