Thanks to the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, we are up and running with our RISE Education Program in Cessnock.

If you know of any children  with a parent in prison living in Cessnock and surrounds, they may be eligible for RISE.

Additionally, we are looking for Volunteer Education Mentors for the Program, so if you have some time to give, please complete the Volunteer Expression of Interest form. Full training will be provided.



The RISE Education Program gives primary aged students with a parent in prison access to a vital support system that encourages their learning and development. Each student is matched with an education mentor who supports them academically, socially and culturally. Tailored, one-on-one support in the classroom on a weekly basis ensures students are positively engaging with education and provided the holistic support and resilience they need not just to survive an exceptionally difficult time in their lives, but to thrive academically.


RISE Together

Once a year students attend RISE Together – a group mentor and mentee outing that helps reduce stigma and isolation, and focuses on increasing self-esteem and increasing peer support.


RISE Teacher Training

As part of the RISE Education program, SHINE offers its one-day, NESA-accredited teacher training seminar. The seminar helps teachers and schools better support children with an incarcerated parent.


For more information, please contact Elli our RISE Education Coordinator in Cessnock on 0490 287 479.