Pillars supports children of prisoners to give them the guidance they need for a positive future. We are making generational change.


Pillars aim is to make generational change by supporting children of prisoners and their famiies to step into a positive crime-free future.

There are over 23,000 children of prisoners in New Zealand. They are in a situation they didn't choose. The social isolation and deprivation they can face when a parent goes to prison can all too often lead to cycles of crime in their own life. Without proper support, children of prisoners are over 9 x more likely to go to prison as adults than other kiwi kids.

Pillars research-based mentoring programme matches children of prisoners with volunteer mentors that become a stable and positive role model to give them the hope and guidance they need.

We have children on our waiting list right now waiting for the gift of a mentor, you could help make the difference for another child to get the support they need.

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On any given day there are over 23,000 kiwi kids with a parent in prison, a situation they didn't choose. The social deprivation and isolation children of prisoners can face leaves them vulnerable and all too often this leads to cycles of crime. Without proper support, children of prisoners are over 9 x more likely to end up in prison than other kiwi kids.

Pillars are the experts in the crisis that is imprisonment of a parent and our research-based programme empowers and supports these children and their families to break the cycle.

Your donation helps us fund our mentoring programme so we can recruit, train, match and support volunteer mentors to be a positive and and stable model at a time when these children most need consistency and support.

We can also provide a range of support services to parents and caregivers of these children around their wellbeing and care while their parent is in prison.

By supporting Pillars you are making a difference in the life of these children and helping to make generational change.

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Can you be a Christmas angel?  20 December 2016

Thanks to the generous donations of gifts and treats, over 500 children of prisoners will have a brighter Christmas this year through Pillars Christmas appeal. But what these children really need for the coming year is the life changing gift of a mentor. This festive season we are aiming to get more children off our waiting list for a mentor to be their stable, consistent, positive and caring role model. What a gift for the new school year ! Every dollar you donate goes towards another child coming off that waiting list. Each mentoring match costs around $3,000 to recruit, train, match and support a volunteer mentor to work with a child for a year. We want to get 20 more children their own mentor in the next school year, can you help us?

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