On any given day more than 23,000 children are affected by having a parent in prison in New Zealand. Without the right support these children are over 9 x more likely than other kiwi kids to end up in prison as adults.
Children of prisoners are among some of the most vulnerable children in our community. They are in a situation they didn’t choose, yet they face a sentence of their own. They become the invisible victims of crime and can become socially isolated and deprived. They need our support to live positive lives.
Pillars mentors support children & young people aged from 5-18years old living in or around Dunedin region.
• Do you care about children and the issues they may be facing?
• Are you comfortable listening, talking and having fun with young people?
• Can you commit to spending 2-6 hours every fortnight for a full year?
• Do you have your own car?
If you answered YES to all of the above and are interested in being a mentor we look forward to hearing from you.
Our goal is to provide these children and young people with experiences and relationships that will enhance their development, prevent criminal activity and promote success in education and beyond. All children need a positive relationship with a caring adult. This is particularly true of children with a parent/s in prison.


* Dedicated
* Compassionate
* Positive Role Model
* Empathetic
* Non judgmental
* Flexible
* Supportive
* Enjoys having FUN!


Being a volunteer Mentor for Pillars means getting out and exploring all of the wonders that Dunedin offers, parks, museums, shops, beaches.


You will need to be able to commit to seeing your young person once a fortnight for 2-6 hours with phone/e-mail/text contact in between.
The relationship is for minimum one year.


Tidy, comfortable clothes.


We put all of our mentors through a comprehensive training before they are matched.
We offer on-going training and monthly supervision, it is a essential that Mentors attend these.
All of our Mentors have to agree to go through a screening process, this includes a Police Vetting Form, reference checks, home visit and attend our training programme. Once matched the mentor is required to make monthly supervision with the Mentor Coordinator
We also run 3 additional training's throughout the year .


All Mentors are required to supply two referees who they have known for at least 3 years. A preference would be that one referee be an employer or peer, and the other could be a family / whanau member.