• Location: Primary schools in Macleay area and at the SHINE Cottage, Aldavilla
  • Days: Monday to Friday
  • Time:  1 hour between 9:00 am – 3:00pm



Founded in 1982, SHINE for Kids has provided crucial support to children and young people with a parent or parents currently engaged with the Justice System and/or relatives for over 35 years.

The invisible victims of crime, children experience significant psychological trauma and deep impact on their socio-emotional development as a result of their parent’s imprisonment.

The only national charity to provide services to support children and young people from infancy to adulthood, SHINE for Kids programs operate in secure, open custody, and transitional correctional facilities throughout NSW, ACT, VIC , QLD and WA.

SHINE’s programs are designed to provide support and positive opportunities to reduce the likelihood of children transitioning into child protection and justice systems, help avoid family fragmentation and intergenerational offending, and to reduce both juvenile and adult recidivism.


About  the RISE Education Program

The RISE Education Program provides students with an immediate family member in custody with a dedicated mentor. The mentor will provide them with support for a 12 month period. This may be in the classroom with class work, building their confidence in social environments, or in the playground playing ball and talking about whatever is on their mind that day.

RISE also provides group outings during the school holidays.

The program aims to increase school attendance, educational outcomes, self-esteem and decrease antisocial behaviour and school suspensions.

RISE Education Mentors are responsible for providing one on one mentoring in the classroom weekly for 45 minutes for each student.

Mentors work closely with the RISE Education Coordinator and schools to provide students with a positive role model and someone to advocate for them within the school environment, as a mentor you are ensuring they don’t just survive a difficult time in their life but that they thrive.



  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Current Driver’s Licence (travel around Macleay area) preferred though not necessary.
  • Criminal History Records Check (undertaken by SHINE for Kids )


Do you have experience within or want experience within

  • Education
  • Early childhood education
  • Community Services
  • Social Work
  • Social Science
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Life experience
  • Passion for equality
  • TAFE NSW and University placement Students welcome


Our organisation undertakes several screening processes to ensure the appropriate protection of children in its care. This includes reference checks, identity check, qualification checks and professional registration checks.

Training and supervision will be provided.

If this volunteering opportunity is what you are looking for and you are able to meet the time requirements, please submit your expression of interest to join our volunteer team now and make a world of difference.

Everyone at SHINE for Kids from Executive to volunteers take seriously our commitment and responsibility to safeguarding children and young people across all our programs and services in a supportive environment that is caring, safe, nurturing, free from bullying, abuse, exploitation and neglect.

For more details on the role, please find the full position description available here Position and Job Description – RISE Education Program Mentor Volunteer – NSW Mid North Coast – Kempsey – Rev 3.0


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