Maintaining the bond between mother and child
Ride By Your Side involves transporting and mentoring a child or young person for a 12-month period whilst their mother is in prison. It is specifically targeted to children and young people who would otherwise not be able to maintain contact with their mother. The Program ensures that the mother and child bond is maintained and the child is supported during a difficult time in their life.
Ride By Your Side engages at-risk children with an adult mentor in a relaxed environment as they are transported to and from the prison where their mother is held. A minimum 12-months participation in the program by mentors is required in order to provide stability and an ongoing presence for the child.
The relationship between mentor and mentee begins when you take the child to the Correctional Centre to facilitate the visit with their mother. This occurs monthly on weekdays or weekends (depending upon the best interest of the child and your availability). Should the child’s mother be released before the 12-months is up, mentoring will continue fortnightly. You and your mentee will participate in social outings and other activities tailored to meet the needs and interests of the young person. As a mentor you provide the mentee with opportunities to speak without being judged, giving them a safe place to express their feelings and the challenges they would like to overcome
Mentoring offers children and young people the opportunity to:
- Have a supportive, caring and non-judgmental relationship with an adult mentor
- Talk to someone who is there just for them
- Foster new skills and/or interests, or develop existing ones
- Encourage a positive personal outlook, by building on their self-esteem, communication and interpersonal skills.
If you, or someone you know, would like to join the program, call 02 9714 3000 or [email protected]