Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Local Hero

Nominee

2019 TAS Local Hero Nominee

Mr Norman Reed

State: Tasmania

Norman (Norm) Reed is a pastor who believes in treating his neighbour as he would like to be treated. Norm leads a church neighbouring Risdon Prison and founded Onesimus Foundation to resource professionals and create innovative, life-changing programs focused on maintaining and building the prisoners’ relationships with their families.

Norman (Norm) Reed is a pastor who believes in treating his neighbour as he would like to be treated himself. Living next to Risdon Prison, this means – in his own words – 'the prisoners are my neighbours'.

Norm started his involvement in Risdon Prison in 2011 and founded Onesimus Foundation in 2016, to create innovative, life-changing programs focused on maintaining and building the prisoners' relationships with their families. These programs are not only rich in human compassion but also contribute to reducing crime, as a strong family relationship while a person is in prison is one of the best supports for non-recidivism.

Onesimus provides accommodation for families visiting the prison and runs family engagement programs, some facilitated by video technology. In 2016, Norm's church successfully lobbied for children's play equipment to be installed at Risdon Prison.

Norm collaborates with Government and Non-Government agencies to support prisoners and their families and provides training for professionals working with children affected by parental offending.

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