Correctional volunteer recognised for 10 years' service

MAGNIFICENT: Peter Bairstow received this magnificent memento of his 10-year service as a correctional volunteer. He has driven many kilometres in his role.

MAGNIFICENT: Peter Bairstow received this magnificent memento of his 10-year service as a correctional volunteer. He has driven many kilometres in his role.

Respect has been shown on both sides of Peter Bairstow’s volunteer work with prisoners.

In his decade of service, he has never had a problem.

The former Justice of the Peace took up a role as a correctional services volunteer when invited to consider doing so by a friend involved in the program.

He takes clients for psychiatric evaluations in Port Augusta and for legal matters in Berri and the Adelaide Magistrates Court.

On his journey to Adelaide in a government vehicle, he might call at Crystal Brook, Snowtown, Redhill and Clare to pick up clients.

“That round trip was about 300 kilometres once a week for about six months, totalling 6000 kilometres a year,” he said. “I have never had a problem.”

He received a framed certificate to mark his 10 years service and, in fact, was the only volunteer with a decade’s service at the presentation ceremony at the Adelaide Women’s Prison in Adelaide. The ceremony was attended by Correctional Services Minister Chris Picton.

The recipient took the opportunity to ask Mr Picton for a grant for a men’s shed in Port Pirie. He was invited to make a submission for the funds.

Mr Bairstow is also a member of the Y’s Men’s Club service group.

The club will cook a barbecue for needy children at Woodward Park at 5pm on December 17. This resulted from an invitation by the Combined Church Council.