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.
Working with Children Check / National Police Check
Successful applicants are required to undergo a National Police Check and must obtain a Working with Children Check prior to commencement. Council will reimburse the appointed volunteers for the cost of the National Police Check.
Work Health and Safety (WHS) responsibilities
All volunteers must take reasonable care for their own health and safety and comply and cooperate with reasonable instructions, policies and procedures regarding the safety and health of other persons and workplaces. Managers and supervisors have a positive duty to exercise due diligence to ensure that Council complies with its safety operations. The volunteers who occupy these jobs must acquire and keep up-to-date knowledge of Council's work, health and safety systems which include plans, policies and procedures. Managers and supervisors must have an understanding of work health and safety matters within their scope of operations and ensure that processes for compliance are implemented.
All Council volunteers are expected to:
Follow safe practices/procedures to perform your duties in a manner, so as affect the health and safety of yourself or others.
Participate in development of safe work procedures and risk assessments with your Supervisor when required.
Actively participate in WHS inductions and training when required.
Wear and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the prescribed manner and when specified.
Participate in workplace inspections if required.
Use and maintain plant or equipment of any kind, including computer and other telecommunication devices in accordance with instructions and procedures.
Participate in emergency preparedness training, including any required knowledge for business continuity plans.
Report all hazards, near misses and damage as per the Strathfield Municipal Council (SMC) reporting procedure.
Participate in accident and incident investigations as required.
Report all injuries/illnesses that occur at work immediately
If injured at work, actively cooperate and participate to comply with obligations imposed under injury management and return-to-work plans where applicable.
To read aloud to and with primary school students of the local school community from a range of backgrounds and learning abilities including ESL (English as a Second Language).
Manage the workplace ensuring the risk of injury to staff and community members is minimised or removed through risk analysis.
Excellent communication and English speaking skills, willingness to listen and speak and have an interest in other cultures.
A competent reader with an interest in books and a love of reading.
Patient and encouraging and rapport with young people.
Able to work one-to-one with young people at their pace.
Passionate about literacy and its importance.
Must commit to the program for 10 weeks (during one school term). You may want to co-buddy with a friend.
Show reliability and punctuality.
Must have own transport.
Ability and ongoing commitment to work with or without supervision.
Ability to work as part of a team and foster positive relationships between the community, Council, teachers and parents.
Undergo training as required. Council will advise.