Providing unconditional loving support to children who have or have had a parent in prison, and those who are charged with caring for them, through volunteers. The Families Commission is currently shining the light on these children as some of the most vulnerable in New Zealand. Those who care for them equally need our love and support. Somebody has to step up and make a difference in their lives … Is it going to be you?
Our vision is to make a positive, loving and long lasting impact in the lives of families who have or have had a parent in prison. We don’t seek to replicate professional social services but simply to link trained ordinary people in the community with women and children who could use a faithful and supportive friend who knows their way around the community and, as well as having a regular cup of coffee, can help them access the support they need. We welcome support or enquiries from any individuals, churches or other community organisations who would like to work with us.
In addition to providing family support volunteers, we provide organised programmes: Angel Tree Family Care offers year round support to children and carers through access to kids’ camps; ‘Mana Manāki’ – family weekend workshops; Christmas meals; and family events afternoons. Angel Tree Christmas nurtures the precious link between a prisoner and their children by providing nearly 4,000 Christmas Gifts to children every year from their parent in prison.