The Infants’ Home provides early childhood education, care and early intervention and health services for children and families. They focus on disadvantaged children and families and look to address social justice and inequality.

30% of their onsite services are targeted to support children at risk, including from neglect, domestic violence, economic hardship, physical disability, mental health challenges, relationship breakdown, complex nutritional needs and other vulnerabilities. They provide physical and emotional environments that are socially just and equitable, free of any stigma, and that value the rights of all children and families. Volunteering usually involves a mix of physical indoor and outdoor activities to help maintain and support their operations. They have 10 playgrounds, 5 day care centres and extensive gardens, all within their Ashfield complex, that require regular maintenance. Sample activities include gardening, leaf-blowing, washing toys, cleaning out sheds, painting, constructing shelving, mowing lawns and covering books in contact.

NB: This experience does not offer any face-to-face interaction with individuals experiencing marginalisation or vulnerability.

17 Henry Street, Ashfield

There are occasional opportunities to do maintenance or cleaning work at their Randwick facility.

Wednesdays - 9am-3:30pm (arrive 8:50am)

$250 for 5-10 people. Groups of more than 10 are charged an extra $25 per person. Meals and refreshments are included in the cost for the day.

Groups of 7-15 people.

If you are participating in this opportunity under community engagement time release, then you are covered by ACU's insurances. If you are accessing this opportunity as a volunteer outside of ACU, then you are NOT covered by ACU's insurance policies. If accessing this opportunity as a volunteer we strongly recommend you confirm with the organisation that they have appropriate insurance for volunteers.

How to get involved

To register your interest in this opportunity, please email ACU Engagement.

This opportunity qualifies for community engagement time release (CETR)

As an ACU staff member, you can apply for up to five days each year to participate in approved community engagement activities that contribute to the common good, address social justice issues in the community, and help those experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation.

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