The Save the Children Live and Learn program aims to provide a safe space for children to practice speaking English and interact with new friends, support children academically, socially and emotionally through their settlement journey, support parents to be empowered to have the confidence, skills and knowledge to support their child’s learning and participation in education and be a safe space for children and their families to feel valued and involved in their community.
Families attending our Live and Learn Program are from refugee backgrounds 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 Youth Worker and supported by a bicultural worker and a team of trained volunteers. Workers and volunteers assist children with their language, literacy and numeracy, as well as social and emotional skills. Simultaneously, parents are supported by trained staff through family case work (assisting them with tasks such as attaining a working Visa). As well as completing their own homework and study, children participate in educational games, team activities and shared learning opportunities, which offer them a chance to interact in a fun learning environment.
The Live and Learn Program is an after-school program run two days a week during school terms.
ACU students will play a critical role in supporting children and young people to develop their language, literacy, numeracy, social and emotional skills through:
- Providing individual and group support to students undertaking the Live and Learn 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
Live and Learn is located in Meadow Heights.
It runs during School terms on:
- Wednesdays 3:00pm –5:30pm
- Thursdays 3:00pm –5:30 pm
Excursions are arranged occasionally during the term and School Holidays.
Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:
In the 'Message' section of your application please note:
- 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.