The Save the Children Family Learning Club aims to support the learning and development of children experiencing educational 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 the 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 two Save the Children Bicultural Workers 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 educational 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 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)
- Assisting the SCA workers to set up including food preparation, and packing up the classroom
- Complying with all program policies and procedures
- Following reasonable instructions from the SCA staff 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 staff
As volunteers, ACU students will be required to comply with the following processes:
- Expression of Interest in Volunteering (e.g. email or letter of interest to the Volunteer Coordinator or Team Leader at SCA)
- Submission of 4 forms of initial ID and a selfie with one form of ID:
- Working with Children Certificate
- Police Checks
- Birth Certificate
- University Student ID
- Driver’s License
- Immigrant/Refugee ID
- Bank Statement, etc.
- Attendance of an Induction Session and Group Interview after submission and verification of initial IDs and documents
- Completion of 2 Character Reference Checks by SCA Volunteer Coordinator
- Online Application for Police Check via Fit2Work (National or International; or both if international student)
- Online Application for Working with Children Certificate
- Formal Offer of Student Volunteer Position
- Start of Volunteering Work
When and where
The Family Learning Club is an after-school program running four days per week during school terms, across two locations:
Delivery times are Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Collingwood College (Corner Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way, Collingwood, VIC 3066)
Delivery times are Mondays and Fridays from 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Connie Benn Centre (160 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065)
Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:
In the 'Message' section of your application please note:
- Days/locations you are available to attend the program
- Please advise SCA staff if you have a background in education
- Please advise SCA staff if you are bi-lingual
By applying to ACU Engagement for this opportunity, you acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.