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About 20,000 children have a parent in prison. No one grows up dreaming of going to jail, but the sad truth is that a child of a prison

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-Providing support to the families of prisoners

-Advocating for families

-Maintaining communication with prison officials on behalf of families


25 years of service to the community.

Provides social support to families/whanau.

Screens, trains, vets and supports volunteers mentors for children.

Published mentor and mentee guides.

Conducted research and produced best practice guides and kits for schools, health professionals and community.

Created website www.justus.org.nz where children can get their questions answered.

Children of Prisoners Awareness Week - September each year.

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Pillars celebrated 25 years of service to the community in 2013. Founder and Chief Executive Verna McFelin founded Pillars because she could see children of prisoners suffering as a result of situation that they had no say in. Check out Verna's Ted Talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gt6QCtr8Jg

Pillars has helped over 7000 families through programmes and our helpline that provides non judgemental and confidential support and advice for parents and caregivers caring for children while their parent is in prison.

We need to raise funds in the community to provide our services including our mentoring programme for children of prisoners to help these kids have the happiness and hope they entitled to and a positive future.

Your donation helps us recruit, train, match and support volunteer mentors to be a great mate and inspiring role model for a child who has Mum or Dad in prison.

Pillars is working to break the cycle of intergenerational offending and imprisonment rate in families in New Zealand.

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This organisation page was created on 10 Nov 2008.

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