Children of people in prison are in a situation they did not choose, yet they face a sentence of their own. They are frequently the invisible victims of crime and may become socially and economically isolated. Pillars actively supports the tamariki and whānau of people in prison or those serving a community-based sentence. Our Social Workers and Mentoring Coordinators are committed to supporting Pillars tamariki to work towards their goals and stride into the future with confidence. We believe children of people in prison are children of promise and potential.
Our Mentoring Coordinators are committed to training our mentors, and perfectly matching our tamariki with an askable, trusted adult from our community of volunteers. Mentors are supported throughout their journey so they are well prepared to provide our tamariki with experiences and opportunities outside of their horizons. They act as an aunty, uncle, big brother or big sister figure e.t.c. who are the joketellers, adventurers and friends our tamariki need.
Does this sound like you?
Want to positively impact the lives of our tamariki and rangatahi, all while playing sports, kicking a ball and hanging out in your own back yard? Get in contact with us and change two lives by becoming a mentor.
All mentors will attend an information evening, to find out more about what being a Pillars mentor means, these are held once a month throughout the year. There, you will pick up an application pack and complete a Police check. We then provide orientation training before you are matched with your mentee.
The commitment is a fortnightly visit with your (carefully matched) mentee for a minimum of a year.
We provide all training required and ongoing support, plus several Fun Days throughout the year. Including with your mentees and events to connect with your fellow mentors.
You will need a Full NZ Drivers license and vehicle, 2x referees and be happy to submit a Police Check.
Our requirement is that you are committed to meeting with your mentee once a fortnight for minimum of one year.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.
Applicants for this role are required to undergo Police vetting.
You can find out more about this process on the Police website:
Our priority is ensuring the safety of our tamariki through all our mahi.