- Location: Various schools in Western Sydney
- Days: one of the days from Monday to Friday
- Time: 1 hour per week during the school hours of 9:00am to 3:00pm.
- Minimum 12 months commitment (1 hour weekly) is essential
Founded in 1982, SHINE for Kids has provided crucial support to children and young people with incarcerated parents 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 and QLD.
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.
The RISE Education Program provides students with an incarcerated parent with a dedicated mentor who will provide them with support in the classroom 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.
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 one hour to a student with a parent in prison. By providing the student with a positive role model and someone to advocate for them within the school environment you are ensuring they don’t just survive a difficult time in their life but that they thrive.
- Education, Community Welfare, Social Work, welfare or Social Science experience
- Current Working with Children Check
- Current Driver’s Licence (travel around Greater Sydney area)
- Criminal History Records Check (undertaken by SHINE for Kids )
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.
For more details on the role, please find the full position description available here: Position and Job Description – RISE Volunteer – Western Sydney – Rev 3.0
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.