All volunteer positions are on the website or you can call or email for an information package which provides volunteers roles, application forms, and general information on SHINE for Kids firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, we regularly offer training to our volunteers. Read the training page for specific details of past, present and future training opportunities.
Yes, many of our volunteers are students seeking to gain professional skills and hands on work experience for their CV. Others are at a cross roads in their career and are seeking to try before they buy, so to speak. This work is beneficial to students studying in areas as vast as child care; psychology, social work, education, and justice for hands on work experience. Volunteering is great way to work hands on in a new area to help work out their future career direction. On top of that, our volunteers are offered a variety of professional training opportunities to extend their skills. In addition, many employers are impressed with people who have volunteer experiences under their belt as it demonstrated their dedication and indicated they are not afraid of hard work.
Most volunteers are issued name badges and T-shirts, lunch vouchers, voting rights as members, input into agency change an brainstorming opportunities to name a few of the benefits.
Personal benefits include:
Professional benefits include:
Many volunteer roles are an opportunity to socialise and form lifelong friendships, as are our volunteer training and discussion sessions, Annual Christmas party and Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Ceremony.
Yes, we have a regular organisational newsletter emailed out to all volunteers. Is a great way to stay up to date with latest announcements, volunteer and training opportunities and the list goes on.
For Sydney and South Windsor inquiries call Jeni on Monday, Thursday and Friday -
500 families per year in NSW obtain support from SHINE for Kids. Volunteers help with the following core services: transport to prisons, video conferencing, activity and family days, groupwork and day trips, child care, drop-in centre and mentoring.
Volunteers contribute to strengthening the resilience of the family unit with early intervention strategies including:
Yes, certainly some of our volunteer roles suit people who are not able to commit to certain dates. Most of these roles are cyber based or administration based support. So you can either work at home in your pyjamas or come into the office when it suits you. All of these roles can be found on the Sydney, Central west or South Windsor pages and include, fundraising, internet research, marketing and PR, working in our library, conducting evaluation surveys, collecting small donations, administration support, scoping new projects, writing press releases and the list goes on
We are more than happy to talk with you and create a special role just for you. You need to have a think about the skills you have and where your interests lie and then we can develop a role for you that helps to extend and expand our organisation. You could write a children's book, update our policy and procedures, assist with audits, provide training, research what other organisations are doing on this issue throughout the world, create a database for us. The only limit is our imaginations.
We seek skilled volunteers (usually with experience working with children) and consider all volunteer applications in assessing your suitability for various volunteer roles. In addition, some of our volunteer roles are non child focussed and concentrate on supporting the daily operations of the organisation.
Two separate research papers have recently been released that suggest 14,500 and 60,000 in NSW alone.
SHINE for Kids is a unique organisation offering unique and personalised volunteer roles. We are open to all kinds of people who want to volunteer and have something to give back to the community- in our case children who have a parent in prison. We know that some people are interested in gaining professional skills and hands on work experience for their CV or simply to help work out which way their career should go. While others have skills and talents that they want to utilise while volunteering, be it arts and crafts, IT, cyber research, initiating new projects, media promotions or fundraising great and small.
Not all our volunteers roles work directly with children. Read more about the roles on offer in your geographical area on the Sydney, Central west or South Windsor pages. Here are some examples: fundraising, internet research, marketing and PR, working in our library, conducting evaluation surveys, collecting small donations, administration support, scoping new projects, writing press releases and the list goes on.
And remember, we are more than happy to talk with you and create a special role just for you. You need to have a think about the skills you have and where your interests lie and then we can develop a role for you that helps to extend and expand our organisation. You could write a children's book, update our policy and procedures, assist with audits, provide training, research what other organisations are doing on this issue throughout the world, create a database for us. The only limit is our imaginations.
Only some volunteer rules entail going inside prisons. These include: Transports, Activity days, and child care in the Activity Centre. You are supported and trained because we understand going into a prison for the first time can be a daunting experience.
All volunteers are covered by Volunteer Personal Accident Insurance and motor vehicle insurance while you are doing prescribed volunteer work within your volunteer position description. All SHINE for Kids centres are covered by public liability insurance.
Volunteering for SHINE for Kids is a simple 3-step process set out in our section How to Volunteer.
All volunteers are interviewed and reference checks will be carries out. All volunteers who have contact with children must complete the following forms:
Before attending the interview make sure you have a think about how you would like to help – and don't limit yourself to the position descriptions that are listed in full – and also about the skills and talent that you have.
Please note: Most of our forms require your signature to be witnessed by a SHINE for Kids representative, therefore, do not sign your forms before attending your interview.
To successfully complete all the Correctives forms you need to provide two things:
No, occasionally we are unable to accept a volunteer application. The reasons are many and varied but the most common reasons are:
There are no set hours. We will work with you to fit with your lifestyle and other commitments. As a guide, most volunteers work a 5 hours day.
Well, you're a volunteer, not a paid worker, so we like to limit the hours to 21 per week. In practice our volunteers would never work more than 14 hours on any one week and they would never regularly work this many hours. The average volunteer shift is 5 hours long.
On the very rare occasion, the answer is yes.
The only cost is providing two passport photos and, if your primary role is Transporting, you will need to obtain your driving record from the RTA.