A charity for children of prisoners : break the cycle of Crime
The programme run by the children's charity Pillars is designed to support children and families of prisoners. Our aim is to assist these children in getting the support services needed to help prevent intergenerational offending and imprisonment. Children of prisoners need hope and guidance to grow up to be healthy adults. They need a safe place to live, care and protection during their parent's absence, comfort and affection, food and access to healthcare, an education, their public status and private self-image preserved and an opportunity to reach their full potential.
On any given day an estimated 20,000 children have a parent in prison in New Zealand
Hear the Founder's story and the vision for children of prisoners in New Zealand
Pillars provides a variety of services for children of prisoners and their families. We offer a home-based family support and mentoring for children of prisoners in Christchurch and South Auckland, a nationwide free-to-call helpline; and are constantly developing and implementing other innovative services.
Gemma Croombs- Pillars Mentor
The Telecom Foundation hosted a mentoring seminar and Gemma discussed her involvement with Pillars.