• Thank you, Linda Ireland

    We say goodbye to Linda Ireland at the Cessnock Volunteer Dinner, April 2016

    Linda Ireland was the first volunteer with SHINE for Kids Cessnock when we began operations at the correctional centre in 2008. Over the next 8 years she made a dynamic contribution to the lives of children and families in the region. Linda helped with our Prison Invisits Program on weekends and with our Friday Child/Parent Activity ...

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  • Interview: Dennis van Someren

    Dennis Van Someren, volunteer with the Children's Supported Transport Service, tells us about his experiences

    Dennis van Someren has been a Children’s Supported Transport Service volunteer for many years. As Dennis had many of his formative years affected by having a father in prison, he is able to share this experience with the families he transports. He offers a first-hand account of the effectiveness of the SHINE programs on these ...

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  • Tracy*, volunteer at Barwon Prison VIC

    “Doing something that helps children to feel happy in the present and which could have a lasting impact in their future makes me feel like I am making a difference.”

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  • Jenni*, 21, volunteer at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre VIC

    I like to be involved in helping and taking care of children. I also like learning about the aspects of childcare.

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  • Don*, volunteer at three Victorian prisons

    “With one year’s experience in three Victorian prisons I have observed the positive effect of the SHINE Program on various family members as well as prison staff.”

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  • Tina, 37, volunteer at Melbourne Remand Centre VIC

    “Prisons are intimating even for adults. I believe in the work of SHINE to bring some normality for kids in such an environment and it’s my pleasure and honour to be a part of that.”

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  • Dennis, 63, volunteer in Silverwater NSW

    “Every moment I can bring children and parent together is rewarding. I have become passionate about my job.”

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  • Kristy, 21, volunteer in Melbourne VIC

    I first started volunteering for SHINE for Kids as it was a part of my university requirement, but after my hours were completed I couldn’t find myself to leave the organisation. SFK really does make a difference, it focuses on creating that child-parent bond (which is very important) and most importantly supports children to SHINE!

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  • Zola, 25, volunteer at Barwon Prison VIC

    It’s every time that I go into the prison, and I witness the loving interaction between a child and their father, and when kid’s tell me that they look forward to Sundays because they get to do drawings for Dad. It’s really heartening to know that we are facilitating these positive interactions, and supporting these ...

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  • Paulette, 37, volunteer at Melbourne Remand Centre VIC

    I volunteer for SHINE because: I am doing my first placement and believe SHINE for Kids will give the opportunity to utilise the counselling skills I have learnt within my degree. The most rewarding moment: I believe each moment I volunteer is rewarding on so many different levels. Watching the children interact with their mums and dads is ...

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