SHINE for Kids says a $10,000 donation from Westpac Foundation Community Grant is a vote of confidence in SHINE’s programs.

The funding will support the work of SHINE for Kids with the children of imprisoned parents in western Sydney and in the central west (Bathurst) region of NSW.

“We are delighted to receive this funding from Westpac Foundation Community Grant,” the Chief Executive Officer of SHINE for Kids, Gloria Larman, said.

“This will allow SHINE to provide mentors to young people who have a parent in prison. When a young person has a viable adult to whom they can look up to and rely upon, it means a sense of belonging, increased self-esteem and a chance to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.

“We are very appreciative of any corporate support and I want to thank Westpac Foundation for its generous contribution.

“The business world has a vested interest in putting an end to intergenerational offending.

“When a parent is sent to prison, these children suffer terribly – and it’s through no fault of their own.

“In the longer term, these kids do not meet their potential and are at high risk of themselves committing offences.”