SHINE Volunteer Portal


QLD - North Queensland

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Keeping Us Together

Keeping Us Together

This parenting program helps mums and dads in custody develop their parenting skills and build positive, healthy relationships with their children.

Keeping Us Together uses the evidenced-based parenting program Bringing Up Great Kids to help mums and dads reflect on their own childhoods and what may have influenced on their parenting, understand their children’s brain development, emotions and behaviors, and build their confidence in parenting.

After several group workshops, mums and dads are able to put what they’ve learnt into practice through our prison visits program (COVID-19 permitting).

The focus of the sessions is to build parent’s skills and confidence so they can strengthen their relationship with their child and improve communication.

This program includes 12 hours of in-custody support (6 sessions of 2 hours).

Who is it for?

Mums and dads in custody

Stay Together, Play Together

Stay Together, Play Together

These facilitated play groups help mums and dads strengthen relationships with their children and family, increase their parenting skills and build confidence as well as develop valuable family and social networks.

The supported playgroup provides high-quality structured and unstructured play experiences for children and their mum or dad in custody. Play is freely chosen, largely self-directed, intrinsically motivated, spontaneous and fun.

A broad goal in every playgroup is to help parents in custody learn about their children’s education needs and acknowledge the significance of their role in their child’s early education. Mums and dads are empowered to take the lead and have a say in the design and selection of activities.

They are supported with a program manual which lists activities they can use in their playgroup as well as activity kits.

We developed this playgroup program from Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and while not a formal curriculum, they are good starting points for quality early childhood education.

Who is it for?

Mums and dads in custody and their children.

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