SEEDS OF AFFINITY PROJECT
Seeds of Affinity – Pathways for Women Incorporated was started by a group of South Australian women with lived prison experience. Members of Seeds of Affinity work together to challenge the stigmatization faced by women leaving prison. Seeds of Affinity members build a community where women feel a sense of belonging, solidarity and self worth.
Seeds of Affinity is well known for its line of home made beauty products manufactured by members and used to fund activities.
2014 – Support for this group includes:
- A donation of $800 towards the production costs of the book “Captive Minds: Truth behind Bars”
- The Book Launch of “Captive Minds: Truth behinds Bars” was held on Monday the 24th March 2014 at Semaphore. More than 150 people attended, including Zonta Adelaide Torrens Club members. It was a very well attended event and beautifully catered for by the Seeds of Affinity members. The finished book is most impressive and will make for some interesting reading. We can be assured that the financial contribution our club made towards the production of the book, which is acknowledged in print, has indeed been worthwhile. For those of you who would like to purchase a copy of the book ($25 + p&h), it will be available on the Seeds of Affinity website by the end of March, 2014.
- We applied for and received a grant of $600 from ASCO to cover the printing costs of the Seeds of Affinity book.
- We received boxes of new/used bras, thanks to Cara Howie, Rachel Taylor and Deb Mattews and donated them fro women coming out of prison with ill-fitting underwear due to weight changes.
- Jenny Weaver and Annie Marsden donated clothes and accessories to assist women needing suitable clothes to wear for job interviews etc.
- A baby’s bath filled with items for a new-born baby was also donated for a woman who had recently given birth.
- Jill Wheatley raised $585.00 plus toy donations from our Club members for use by children of the Seeds of Affinity Support Group during their meetings.
- Advocacy Program “Criminalised Women Speak” Co-presented with Seeds of Affinity and sponsored by the Adelaide White Ribbon Day Breakfast Committee and Zonta Club of Adelaide Torrens, this event was held at the Hawke Theatre on 20th November. It provided an opportunity to hear insights from women with lived prison experience and those working in the criminal justice
system. Thanks to those of our members who also assisted with catering for this event.