SHINE for Kids is the only charitable organisation in Australia that provides practical support and advocates on behalf of children of prisoners and their families, who are a powerless and marginalised group. Through the provision of support services across NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland, we work to ensure that the next generation of children avoids serving time in the criminal justice system.

Or see our vacancies for paid employment

  • Mothers on Remand Volunteers

    The Keeping Us Together program supports positive family interaction and provides a variety of arts, craft and diversionary activities for children to share with their parents. This program is conducted within the relevant visiting area of the following correctional centres in Queensland: Numinbah Correctional Centre, Helana Jones Correctional Centre, and Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre

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  • Volunteer Research Coordinator

    The Research Coordinator will lead and provide technical direction over an innovative and exciting body of research focused on children of prisoners, spanning across evaluation of existing activities and exploratory research/conduct background research to inform programs that focus on the rights and needs of children of prisoners.

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  • Volunteer Administration support

    Our Head Office at North Parramatta is very busy with the day-to-day running of the organisation and all our Programs. We are looking for an enthusiastic person to help us keep up with our filing which is paramount to our organisation.

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  • RISE Education Program Mentor Volunteer

    We are seeking over 30 volunteers for this volunteering opportunity. This opportunity will see you volunteering across Western Sydney in local schools. 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 ...

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  • Children’s Supported Transport Service Volunteer VIC

    This role provides transport and supports children so they can maintain a close relationship with their imprisoned parent(s). The SHINE for Kids Transport Program is specifically targeted to those children who would otherwise not be able to maintain contact.

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  • STAND as One Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program

    As a mentor, you will be matched with a young person in the juvenile justice system where you will assist them with their transitional period back into the community. Through early intervention and as a positive, committed role model, you will give a young person support and the opportunity they need to break the cycle.

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  • Become a Mentor for the Veterans Young Offender Mentoring Program

    SHINE for Kids is recruiting volunteers for a new youth mentoring program. Funded by the NSW Department of Justice, the program is seeking veterans aged 24 years or older as mentors. The program will run in Metro Sydney, Western Sydney.

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  • Prison Invisits Program Volunteer – Junee

    Location: Junee Correctional Complex. Time required: Weekends and Public Holidays. Volunteering in the Prison Invisits Program includes facilitating activities/games for children during visiting hours with their parent in prison, with a focus on making the visits environment more child-friendly. Volunteers hold a valuable role in ensuring that children have a positive experience during these visits ...

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  • Prison Invisits Program Volunteer NSW

    Locations: Various throughout NSW – Silverwater, Parklea, Windsor, Long Bay, Bathurst, Cessnock, Wellington, Junee, Kempsey, Goulburn, Nowra. Time required: Weekends and public holidays. Volunteers assist our workers in facilitating activities/games for children during visiting hours, ensuring that children have a positive experience during these visits with their family.

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