The Strathfield Conversation Club began in 2010. This weekly program aims to reduce social isolation and build confidence in conversational English for adults from non-English speaking backgrounds who live in the Strathfield Council local government area.
Live. Give. Learn. Thailand is a two-week program that is delivered in conjunction with Challenges Abroad Australia. The program is based in Pa Pae Sub-District in Northern Thailand. Volunteers work on education and extra-curricular initiatives that build and support the community.
The Equity Pathways team is looking for enthusiastic ACU students or staff willing to commit to weekly attendance (during school terms only) at Earnshaw State College (which is literally down the road from ACU) to support Indigenous students from years three to six in maths. Up to five places are available.
Kedron State High School is located on Brisbane’s north side and has a large population of students from refugee and migrant backgrounds. ACU Engagement partners with the school in supporting an afternoon homework club where these students can receive support for their homework tasks and assignments.
If you’re passionate about safety, understanding, belonging and success for young people with learning and perceptual disabilities, then the Modified Rugby Program (MRP) Colts division is for you. No rugby experience is necessary. There are 30 places and 30 hours per student, per season available.
The Read To Learn Program (RTL) supports primary school children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and refugee backgrounds, who have also been identified as requiring additional support to develop their reading and literacy skills.
The Atherton Gardens Homework Support program is a partnership between ACU and The Smith Family, and offers weekly after school homework support to local primary school students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and refugee backgrounds.
Catholic Healthcare provides a range of volunteering opportunities, predominantly though providing social support to clients either in day-care centres, home visiting and phone calls, or by visiting residents in a facility, although there can be occasional opportunities to do office based volunteering.
Strathfield Council’s “Centenary Park Walking Group” is seeking a volunteer to lead the walking group every Friday from 10am to 11am in a circuit around Homebush West. Council’s Walking Group Program provides an informal and social opportunity to improve physical activity levels, mental health, community life, social wellbeing and community safety and meet new people in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Strathfield Council’s Buddies Program is seeking fifteen (15) “Big Buddy” volunteers to participate in a 30- minute long, weekly session for local primary school students ESL (English as a Second Language) who need to improve their reading skills such as fluency and comprehension. You will be reading one-on-one to a student “Little Buddy” from a selection of books. The program is to run over School Term 2 2018 beginning Monday, 7 May 2018, and each Monday thereafter (except Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday Monday: 11 June 2018) and finishing on Monday, 2 July 2018 at Strathfield Main Library, 65- 67 Rochester St, Homebush.
**Only open to students in the School of Business**
The John Berne School’s priority is to prepare students for a return to mainstream education, for entering trade training or other employment options. ACU students will work with students one on one or in small group situations to support them with their classwork.
St Vincent de Paul are facilitating a new model of connecting mentor / volunteers with migrants that need assistance improving their Conversational English. ACU students help run activities and one-on-one conversation with participants. This program is beneficial for ACU students in building cultural competencies and understanding the role of community organisations.
The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.
ACU students enrolled in a Bachelor Degree program work with new International English Language (ELICOS) students to assist them with adjusting to ACU and Sydney. ACU Students help ELICOS Students to feel more integrated and help them to build a social network with local students already in their future degree programs.
As a Compeer volunteer, you will be matched in a one-to-one friendship with a socially isolated adult living with a mental illness. You will meet together in a public setting and enjoy your planned social activities. Meetings occur on a regular basis, for a period of at least 12 months. This commitment allows you to build an authentic friendship and have a lot of fun in the process. You might enjoy a coffee and chat together, go to a sporting event, have lunch or see a movie, or go to a Compeer Social event. It’s up to the both of you to decide.
VINES is Vinnies, Inspiring, Networking, Education and Support. St Vincent de Paul and the Scout Association of Australia (ACT) are working in collaboration to deliver a project to support young people at risk. The service aims to encourage young people at risk to rediscover their better and stronger inner selves by providing a range of activities aimed at positive outcomes such as building new life skills, networking, social and emotional development.
Vinnies has 26 retail centres in our ACT/NSW region and a warehouse located in Canberra. The roles available within our centres are Team Leader, Retail Assistant, Donation Sorting, General Hand and Driver & Delivery Offsider.
Volunteer at one of our established Domestic Violence & Homelessness Refuges for women and their young children. Contribute to the positive development of preschool and primary school aged children through this early intervention program. Through the writing of programs, you will stimulate the cognitive, social and emotional wellbeing of these young children and also play a part in building a relationship of trust, therein giving a ‘hand up’. Find innovative ways to assist and support the mothers through this respite care program.
Join one of our established Conferences and contribute to their life changing work in a local community. Visit those whom the Conference assists, providing immediate assistance in the form of food vouchers or rent assistance, but also play a part in building a relationship of trust to try and uncover deeper problems, therein giving a ‘hand up’. Debrief as a Conference and find innovative ways to assisting people, including referrals to other services, budget counselling and general life advice.
Green Team is a volunteer-based program supporting people who are disadvantaged or marginalised by assisting with gardening work and yard maintenance (e.g. pruning, weeding and planting) while extending a hand of friendship.
Buddies Days are one day recreational or educational activities for children aged 5 to 12 years whose families are supported by the St Vincent de Paul Society. This program provides opportunities for children to develop friendships and self-confidence and, most importantly, to have fun.