SHINE Volunteer Portal

Volunteering with SHINE for Kids

Our dedicated volunteers are vital to the success of our programs and services. The more volunteers we have, the more children, young people and families we are able to reach.

Volunteers support our people in 31 Correctional Centres across NSW, Vic, WA, Qld and the ACT in a wide variety of roles.

Benefits of volunteering

Children and young people benefit from our volunteers in many ways including:

  • being introduced to other caring adults
  • developing friendships formed on mutual respect, acceptance and non-judgemental values
  • feeling valued, listened to, and accepted
  • building positive self-esteem and sense of worth

What volunteers do

When you volunteer for us, you’re joining a dynamic and often highly-skilled group of volunteers who are passionate about building a brighter future for children and young people.

Depending on location, skills and experience, volunteers:

  • help staff and deliver services at our Child and Family Centres
  • help make transitions and setting up of playrooms run smoothly
  • support the delivery of our programs including prison In-visits, Child/Parent Activity Days, Supported Transport, administration and fundraising
  • provide a mentoring role in some programs

Matching volunteers locally

Our Volunteer Coordinator uses skills and experience profiles to match volunteers with available opportunities locally. We work flexibly with each volunteer around their own family and life commitments.

Every volunteer is treated as a valued and respected team member and given the appropriate training and support services required to feel part of a team.


Becoming a mentor is a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee. Volunteer mentors are integral to some of our programs such as RISE Education Program. They are matched, checked, trained and supported by us and meet with a child or young person on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. We advertise available mentor positions on this website as well as on Seek Volunteers.

Volunteer recognition

We have a Volunteer Recognition Program, and celebrate National Volunteer Week and International Volunteer Day at each location. An annual Volunteer Thank you event is also held at all service delivery locations.


Mission Statement

Who we are

We work together to build a better future for and with children and young people.

Our vision

We are passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people who have contact with the criminal justice system.

Our purpose

We work with children, young people and their families to strengthen connection to community and family through education, support and mentoring to help them thrive.

We are purpose driven and values led.

Our values

We stay true to our values of integrity, empowerment and being child-focused.