YOUTH, sports, disability and community groups are among those to receive a combined $100,000 in ClubGRANTS funding.
The annual program is funded by Bathurst RSL Club and Panthers Bathurst, and on Thursday, 3 August, 28 groups were advised they had been successful in their application.
Among them was SHINE for Kids Bathurst which is a volunteer based program to support children and families of people in jail.
SHINE for Kids’ child and family worker Madison Griffiths is the Bathurst co-ordinator and said the $2500 received will be well used in the group’s child and parent days. The days involve children and their fathers meeting up behind bars.
“It’s one-on-one time bonding so that when they get released they’ve still got that bond,” Ms Griffiths said.
SHINE for Kids also assists families and children through activities and support sessions.
“It gives them a place of comfort and safety,” Ms Griffiths said of the centre.
Children aged zero to 18 can receive assistance to help them continue to have a relationship with their father while he serves time.
“My main aim is to try and break the cycle. For a lot of children it does become normal that someone’s in jail,” Ms Griffiths said.