SHINE for Kids is the only charitable organisation in Australia that provides practical support and advocates on behalf of children of prisoners and their families, who are a powerless and marginalised group. Through the provision of support services across NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland, we work to ensure that the next generation of children avoids serving time in the criminal justice system.

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  • Children’s Supported Transport Service Volunteer VIC

    This role provides transport and supports children so they can maintain a close relationship with their imprisoned parent(s). The SHINE for Kids Transport Program is specifically targeted to those children who would otherwise not be able to maintain contact.

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  • Administration Assistant Volunteer NSW

    Administration assistance and project work.

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  • ‘Stand As One’ Volunteer Mentor NSW

    As a mentor, you will be matched with a young person in the juvenile justice system where you will assist them with their transitional period back into the community. Through early intervention and as a positive, committed role model, you will give a young person support and the opportunity they need to break the cycle.

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  • Child/Parent Activity Day Volunteer NSW

    A Child/Parent Activity Day is a special day set aside for children of prisoners to spend more time with their imprisoned parent. It provides a more “normal” environment in which a child and parent can interact by providing activities that child and parent can do together, for example, creating art and craft or playing ball.

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  • Child/Parent Activity Day Volunteer ACT

    A Child/Parent Activity Day is a special day set aside for children of prisoners to spend more time with their imprisoned parent. It provides a more “normal” environment in which a child and parent can interact by providing activities that child and parent can do together, for example, creating art and craft or playing ball.

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  • Volunteer Mentors – Frank Baxter JJC

    Location: Kariong, NSW North Coast. Join our best-practice volunteer program and mentor a young person in the juvenile justice system. Mentoring helps the young person through the transition back into the community to prevent reoffending. Ongoing training and support is provided to SHINE for Kids mentors.

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  • Shine Café – BBQ Fundraiser

    Location: Silverwater Correctional Complex. Time required: 5 hours, weekends. Volunteers are needed to help run our ongoing weekend BBQ fundraising program at Silverwater Correctional Complex, Saturday and/or Sunday 9:00am–1:00pm. As well as raising money for SHINE for Kids the barbecue raises the profile of the Shine Café and our organisation.

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  • Volunteers for the Shine Café

    Location: Shine Café, Silverwater Correctional Complex. Time required: up to 5 hours a day. You will be assisting staff in SHINE for Kids’ café, providing café-style meals and beverages for employees and visitors to the correctional centre.

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  • Prison Invisits Program Volunteer NSW

    Locations: Various throughout NSW – Silverwater, Parklea, Windsor, Long Bay, Bathurst, Cessnock, Wellington, Junee, Kempsey, Goulburn, Nowra. Time required: Weekends and public holidays. Volunteers assist our workers in facilitating activities/games for children during visiting hours, ensuring that children have a positive experience during these visits with their family.

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