The Wayne Weaver Foundation was formed to champion the successful transition and long-term reintegration of incarcerated First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) men into the broader community through the provision of support via pre and post release programmes.
A priority of the foundation is to attend to reducing the presence of unresolved grief in the target demographic by facilitating prisoners’ transport to and from the funerals of deceased family members. The positive attitudinal impact on mindset and behaviour that attendance to cultural protocols of this programme has far reaching benefits to families, community and in no small way on the culture within correction centres, affecting staff as well as inmates.
The subsequent priority of the foundation is to create a sphere of influence with a depth and breadth of resource, network and strategic collaborative relationships to facilitate permanent, ongoing programmes and post release facilities to assist in the education, healing, socialisation and reintegration of the recently incarcerated, both within and external to the corrections system.
The sales of donated prisoner art, donated works by professional artists, donations from corporate partners and most importantly by the general public will finance our endeavours.
The proper attendance to ‘Sorry Business’ is a cultural imperative for First Nations Peoples of Australia. We all benefit from assisting in those imperatives being attended to.
Wayne Weaver, a practicing artist in his own right, has a long history of success through the implementation of education programmes in Queensland Correctional Centres.
Wayne’s impact was first felt in the now defunct Boggo Road Goal where he participated in learning and instructing in Art Therapy, Fine Arts, Alternatives to Violence programmes, Numeracy, Literacy, Social Skills, Theatre and through Literary endeavours.
These successes went on to be a part of the formation of the Borallon Corrections Centre, a training and education focused prison and the first of its kind in Queensland.
It is Wayne’s legacy that pre and post release programmes be provided to First Nations Men to provide paths to successful transition and long-term reintegration into the community.
The values and ethos within the Fine Arts are the underpinning disciplines of these programmes with healthy self-expression being a key element for healing and appropriate communication within the community.