He aha te mea nui?
What is the most important thing?
It is people
It is people
It is people
People helping people
The people of Pillars are passionately committed to the work we do for generational change. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of Pillars, without their support we could not do the vital work that our children and family/whanau need to make generational change in their lives.
In 2016, we realised a dream that the people we have supported will go on to help others through Pillars.
10 years ago Vanessa turned to Pillars for support. Her son was going through a very difficult journey after his father went to prison and a Pillars volunteer mentor helped turn things around for him. Today Vanessa is the friendly voice on the other end of our Pillars helpline providing advice and support to parents and caregivers.
This is a highlight of the transformational change Pillars is making in the lives of children of prisoners and their families.
Pillars team members are trained professionals. They are carefully selected for their skill, training, experience and commitment to client service and confidentiality. They are passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. Those team members working directly with family/whanau are qualified in their field. Our family/whanau workers are members of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers and adhere to the association's Code of Ethics. All team members are supported with professional supervision and cultural training.
Christchurch based team
South Auckland based team
Invercargill based team
Dunedin based team
Hamilton based team
Board of Governors
The Pillars Board of Governors is a volunteer group of professionals in their field. They bring their expertise to provide strategic guidance, governance and help Pillars to achieve it's strategic plan. Pillars Board meets
bi-monthly in Christchurch and at other times via phone conference. In between those times Board members convene for committee meetings. The Board is supported by our Kaumatua Aunty Mary and Uncle Ray Kamo.
Pillars volunteers are the everyday heroes for the children and families Pillars supports. Pillars volunteers have gifted a combined total of over 8000 hours annually of their time to make our community stronger. Our mentors and Board Members are dedicated volunteers who give their time each week to making a difference. We are also fortunate to increase our organisational capability through volunteers offering pro bono services and support. An example of this is the wonderful people advising and supporting our PR & Fundraising Committee with services to help reach more people who can support the work we do.
Pillars mentor Matt Mouat, with ambassadors Ward and Miriama Kamo at ANZ's "Breaking the Cycle" breakfast,
May, 2016. All these wonderful people volunteer their time to support Pillars and the children of prisoners.
Pillars ambassadors are special New Zealanders who have a credible profile in the public arena and are dedicated to improving the lives of children of prisoners. Their promotion of Pillars at publicity events and in the media is valuable to increasing awareness and support for Pillars as a charity that any New Zealander can feel proud to support.
"These children have not committed any crimes, they do not aspire to go to prison, and they deserve to have dreams and the resources to realise them. It is important that we support children of prisoners to have the kind of life we want all children to have, and to help create the communities that we all deserve." Miriama Kamo, Pillars ambassador