Help a child through a difficult time in their life

Pillars mentoring programme supports children and young people aged 5 to 17 whose parent or caregiver has gone to prison.
They meet once a fortnight for a minimum of a year- having fun, exploring their community and shared interests, whilst being an ‘askable adult’ in their mentees life.

Whatever your path in life, you may have time to be a mentor. Currently our mentors include university students, doctors, lawyers, teachers, service men and women, business owners, semi-retired people or people from other organisations and agencies.

Our experienced team recruits, trains and supervises our volunteer mentors so they feel encouraged and supported in their volunteer work. Our mentors also love the relationship they build with other mentors, and this has resulted in great friendships into the future.

It is a simple process with great outcomes for the child and new learnings for the mentor. It is a highly valuable experience for all.

Want to become a Mentor?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer mentor in Auckland or Christchurch our Pillars mentoring information evenings are held regularly from February to November.

Until further notice, information evenings are on hold due to the current Covid-19 restrictions (August 2021).  Check here for updates.

For the Auckland Region:

Date: The first Wednesday of the month- choose one of the following and RSVP: (07/04/21, 05/05/21, 02/06/21, 07/07/21, 04/08/21, 01/09/21, 06/10/21, 03/11/21)

Venue: 6a Jack Conway Avenue -Manukau (upstairs)- Auckland.

Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

We host mentoring info evenings in Manukau at the same time and place, on the first Wednesday of every month from February to November. For the Auckland region please email to reserve your space.

For the Christchurch Region:

Date: please email to register your interest and confirm the date.

Venue: 50 Durham Street South, Sydenham, Christchurch.

Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm


The info evening is where you will learn all about how our Mentoring Programme works, ask all the questions you may have, and pick up an application pack if you are interested.

We have plenty of free parking onsite, right outside the building for your convenience. We will also provide some light refreshments, such as biscuits, tea, coffee, and milo.

In the meantime- to answer some FAQs:

The commitment is a fortnightly visit with your (carefully matched) mentee for a minimum of a year.
We provide all training required and ongoing support, plus several Fun Days throughout the year.
You will need a Full NZ Drivers licence and vehicle, 2x referees and be happy to submit a Police Check.

We look forward to meeting you! Please RSVP to confirm your space.

See you soon!

Get in touch today to find out more about becoming a mentor.
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