The Slawek Foundation

The Slawek Foundation

The Slawek Foundation undertakes a broad spectrum of activities which crucial aim is to help prisoners and juvenile delinquents in safe return to society and families. Their main beneficiaries are not only prisoners and ex-convicts but also their family networks. They work for reconciliation and bringing back people affected by insulation. The foundation is also lobbying for the creation of Polish post-penitentiary aid system which, through cross-sectoral cooperation will introduce more efficient supportive system for captives. The foundation maintains a continuous collaboration with prisons around the country.

A headquarter of the foundation is located in center of Warsaw but the organization additionally runs a house located c.a. 50 kilometers from the capital providing a place for accommodation and work for ex-prisoners. The foundation leads numerous programs for prisoners and their families. Among the most popular is the “Guardian Angel” project which prevents them, in a peer-to-peer format, from returning to their criminal life by taking care of them when they leave jails on their pass. They also organize meetings where former captives share their experiences with those who are still imprisoned. Moreover, Sławek Foundation aims to help them to develop their skills and talents by providing various forms of educational activities, such as vocational trainings as well as art events which are called Mienia Art Festivals. They arrange pilgrimages where prisoners assist disabled people on their way. In the future they plan to start up a new business activity.

Foundation has a strong impact on the Polish imprisonment system organizations. First of all they succeeded to change the way prisons perceived this kind of organizations. Secondly, they improved the way prison staff treated family members, especially children. They started to create new rooms, friendly for visitors. Moreover, Slawek Foundation maintains close collaboration with other European organizations, exchanging good practices and learning one from another. So far they have cooperated with social enterprises from Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania and Russia. They are open to share their experiences with other organizations which would like to get involved in providing help for prisoners.