The Family Learning Club aims to;

  • support the learning and development of children experiencing education disadvantage and;
  • support parents to be empowered to have the confidence, skills and knowledge to support their child’s learning and participation in education.

Families attending our Family Learning Club are predominantly from refugee backgrounds or have had refugee like experiences residing in public housing estates in Fitzroy and Collingwood, and face significant challenges in accessing services and navigating education systems. They may be unaware of learning and development opportunities for their children, experience intergenerational poverty and have limited educational resources within their homes, have limited support available to them and both children and parents demonstrate inequity in educational outcomes.

The program is run by a Save the Children Bicultural Worker and a team of trained volunteers who assist children with their language, literacy, and numeracy, as well as social and emotional skills. Simultaneously, parents are supported through conversation or tutoring to strengthen their English language skills. As well as their own homework and books, children are provided with additional resources and participate in education games, team activities and shared learning opportunities for both children and parents, which offer them a chance to interact in a fun learning environment.

The role

The Family Learning Club is an after school program run four days a week during school terms, in two locations (Collingwood College and the Connie Benn Centre in Fitzroy).

ACU students will play a critical role in supporting children and young people to develop their language, literacy, numeracy, social and emotional skills, as well as supporting parents to develop their English language skills through;

  • providing individual and group support to students and parents undertaking the Family Learning Club program (e.g. completing homework, reading, literacy and numeracy activities, games, tutoring)
  • assisting the SCA worker to set up including food preparation, and pack up the classroom
  • complying with all program policies and procedures
  • following reasonable instructions from the SCA worker during the program session
  • attending minimum 75% of sessions for a minimum of one school term
  • raise any concerns including child safeguarding to the SCA worker

Position requirements

This opportunity is open to Education, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy students only.

  • Information session and group interview
  • Working with Children Check (volunteer)
  • National Police Check (and International Police Check where applicable) (cost covered by Save the Children)
  • 3 reference checks

Successful applicants receive training during the induction prior to the beginning of the program and are required to attend internal Child Safeguarding Training (cost covered by Save the Children) within the first 3 months of commencing their community engagement opportunity.

When and where

Collingwood College

Corner Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way, Collingwood, Victoria 3066

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:30pm

Connie Benn Centre

160 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Mondays and Fridays from 3:00-5:30pm 


There are 30 positions available (15 at each location).

To apply, please email ACU Engagement,, with the following information:

  • Name and student number
  • Community engagement unit you are enrolled in
  • Days/locations you are available to attend the program

To secure your place, please apply as early as possible, as places are limited.

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