Prisoners working in horticulture at the Hopkins Correctional Centre (HCC) in Ararat have helped raise money for charity by putting their green thumbs to use. 

Sales of the plants the prisoners propagated have generated $5,867 for the Ararat Emergency Relief Committee. The money will help the committee provide winter blankets, food hampers and gifts for children at Christmas time.

This is part of the work prisoners do to gain their Certificates II and III in Horticulture, giving them valuable skills to help them get a job when they leave prison.  

This year the horticulture team also supplied floral tributes for the Ararat War Memorial for ANZAC Day celebrations. 

HCC general manager Scott Jacques said, "Seeing the prisoners and staff work together to improve the environment for the local community is heartwarming."

Corrections Victoria supports the community in a variety of ways to not only benefit the community, but also offer prisoners an opportunity to give back and build skills to enhance their employment prospects on release.