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Ride By Your Side Program Volunteer - Lidcombe - #9671

  • Location: Lidcombe NSW
  • Category: Young People
  • Type of work
    • Companionship & Social Support
    • Tutoring & Coaching
  • Commitment

    One off - a few hours

  • Time Required

    Up to 8 hours per week on Saturday or Sunday between 7am and 5pm

  • Training

    An intensive one-day training package will be provided to ensure mentors are fully equipped to fulfil their roles. All mentors will receive ongoing supervision and support from the organisation.

  • Requirements
    • Driver's Licence (C)
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Working with Children Check *

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

Ride By Your Side involves transporting and mentoring a child or young person for a 12-month period whilst their mother is in prison. It is specifically targeted to children and young people who would otherwise not be able to maintain contact with their mother. The Program ensures that the mother and child bond is maintained and the child is supported during a difficult time in their life.

Ride By Your Side engages at-risk children with an adult mentor in a relaxed environment as they are transported to and from the prison where their mother is held. A minimum 12-months participation in the program by mentors is required in order to provide stability and an ongoing presence for the child.

The relationship between mentor and mentee begins when you take the child to the Correctional Centre to facilitate the visit with their mother. This occurs monthly on weekdays or weekends (depending upon the best interest of the child and your availability).

If the mother is released during the 12 month period, the volunteer will then participate in social outings and activities tailored to meet the needs and interests of the young person. Mentors provide mentees with opportunities to speak without being judged, giving them a safe place to express their feelings and the challenges they would like to overcome.

All Volunteers will attend an initial interview. Upon a successful interview, Criminal Record and Working with Children Checks will be completed.

Benefits: Helping to make a difference to one young person at a time.

Volunteering NSW’s Volunteer Referral Service assists individuals to find volunteer opportunities that match your interests, skills, location and time available to volunteer.

Be sure to provide a phone number on your Expression of Interest, so we can contact you without delay.

If this your first time volunteering, or your first time volunteering in Australia, you may wish to attend Volunteering NSW’s Bridge to Volunteering information seminar held every Friday and learn more about volunteering, how to choose the right volunteer job, the benefits of volunteering and your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer. Details on how to register for this seminar will be included on the email you receive when you Express Interest in this role.


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