TOYS CHANGE LIVES is a workshop with a difference.
Our Mission: Reduce Recidivism in Indigenous Youth
The overrepresentation of Indigenous Youth in the criminal justice system is one of Australia’s most significant social problems. Indigenous Youth make up only 5% of Australia’s youth population, yet they account for over 52% of 10 to 17-year-olds in juvenile detention across Australia. TCL’s main mission is to reduce this rate.
The Working With Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement for anyone who works or volunteers in child-related work in NSW. It involves a National Police Check (criminal history record check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct.
The outcome of a check is either a clearance to work with children or a bar against working with children. If cleared, the check will be valid for 5 years, however applicants are continuously monitored.
After you have obtained your WWC, then it’s simply a matter of identifying what skills you’d like to share and we can begin to find you a task and a time-slot that suits both you and the TCL Team.
Some skill sets that we’re always in need of are:
- Woodworking Tuition
- Sewing Tuition
- Sewing Assistance with our ‘Lubly Cuddlies’ dribble cloths
- ‘Shop Attendant’ assistance on Saturday Mornings from 9am-12pm.
- Market Stall Attendants on Sunday mornings from 6am-10am.
Contact [email protected] to start the process to becoming a TCL volunteer.
Meet Our Team
Founder of Toys Change Lives
‘Pastor’ Pete has been a Chaplain at Grafton’s Juvenile Detention Centre (ACMENA) for over 14 years, and in that time saw the same youth come back through the Centre time-and-again. In 2014 Pete took it upon himself to offer these youths a project when they got out of ACMENA – building wooden toys in his garage.
Jai ‘Darby’ Walker
TCL Artistic Mentor
I come from West of the range, Mallanganee – my grandmother & my fathers’ country. I was born stomping my feet and with a paint brush in my hand. Nature and culture inspire me. My dreams really inspire me- things I see in my head visions. I’m always picturing stories in my mind. All of my pictures have a story that goes with them – everyone. I like to paint Aboriginal people, things from our culture, because I have a real longing for culture and knowledge – to learn and to share. I’d like to see more people notice Bundjalung talent. Actually, art from all over Australia, not just the Northern Territory.