Mothers Units are an innovative and valuable resource for women who have to face criminal responsibility and have minor children under their care, for the children to be able to remain with their mother in a stimulating and safe environment for the children development. The AMPARA Association carries out several activities within these Mothers Units thanks to a project agreed with the General Directorate of Penal Institutions (Home Office). These activities are aimed at minors who live in prisons because their mothers are serving a sentence. The development of these activities requires the support of volunteers to accompany and facilitate learning and leisure experiences for children.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, this project was developed within the Service-Learning course of the School of Teacher Training and Education. With 18 students, this year has been one of the most demanded projects. At the same time, it has had an important involvement and commitment from the entity AMPARA, which has actively participated in some of the activities carried out at the School of Teacher Training and Education.
This project began in the academic year 2015/2016. In these two courses, has been achieved a great degree of students, faculty members, and community partner’s involvement and satisfaction. At present, some of the students in the first year continue to develop the service in the entity and it is expected that this work will also be maintained with the students of this 2016/2017 course.