Children and teens with an absent parent in prison are being helped to become happy and be excited about their future, says Daily Encourager, thanks to a mentoring scheme at the charity named Pillars. Mentors of all ages are needed in Auckland and Christchurch – from students to retired folks – but there is a particular shortage of male mentors. “Pillars provides full training and ongoing support, including social work support for the child’s whānau where needed,” says Corrina Thompson, senior mentoring co-ordinator/whānau kai-āwhina.