Vinnies Youth consists of camps and weekend respite and recreation programs for children and young people. They are staffed, facilitated and organised by volunteers (called “oldies”).
St Nick’s is a respite and recreation program for Young Carers aged 9-15 years. Each camp has approximately 35 kids and 15 oldies. Camps occur twice a year in the January and July school holidays for 5 days each.
St Joe’s is a respite and recreation program for vulnerable children aged 6-12 years. Each month we run a fun activity for a few hours on the weekend. The program aims to provide Young Carers with a break from their caring role and to give them an opportunity to have fun and try new things.
We are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic and energetic, passionate about working with children and young people, and able to work as part of a team.
To volunteer, you must be at least 17 years old for St Joe’s and at least 21 years for St Nick’s.
Must hold a WWVP card.
Must complete a training session prior to attending one of the camps. (Next Training: Sunday, 6th May 2018 9.30am – 2pm)
New volunteers should attend a welcome session prior to commencing to learn about the Society, volunteer rights and responsibilities and work health and safety.
Camps take place at retreat and conference centres in Canberra, the Southern Highlands, Snowy Mountains or the South Coast. Camps are never more than 2.5 hours from Canberra and all transport is provided. Accommodation is dorm style and the camps are generally catered for by the venue.
Weekend monthly activities take place at various venues around Canberra, for example the Zoo, Questacon or a rock climbing centre.
Dates and Times
Camps are over a weekend or 5 days (Mon-Fri) in school holidays.
Once a month weekend activities are 2-3 hours each session.