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Child and Family Centre and Prison In-visits Volunteer

SHINE for Kids
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The Program

Prison In-Visits Program – The Prison In-Visits 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 Correctional Centre.

Child / Parent Activity Days – This program ensures that children are able to stay connected to their parent, maintaining their child-parent bond despite the barriers of prison. This child focused program emphasizes the importance of the offender parent having sole responsibility for their children, having an opportunity to practice their parenting skills and to connect with their children over a longer period of time. This program is only offered in school holidays and is conducted within the Correctional Centre.

Storytime Program – This program is designed to increase literacy skills and child/parent bonding for incarcerated parents and their children. The activity includes maintaining contact between parent and child/ren in an interactive positive way by having the opportunity to do a very important parenting role and that is, to be able to read a story to their child/ren.

Your role

• Helping to implement and facilitating the programs, ensuring it is meeting the needs of children visiting the Correctional Centre and is implemented, in a flexible, age appropriate, culturally competent and safe manner.

• Promoting a caring, culturally appropriate and nonjudgmental environment for children where they are the priority and where they, and their families, are treated with dignity andrespect.

• Supporting in implementing the activities at prison in-visit events such as Christmas parties, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and cultural events and activities such as NAIDOC Day, Chinese New Year, etc.

• Supporting with any administrative tasks as required.

For more information on the role please refer to the full position description available in our website.

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.