Buddies Days are one day recreational or educational activities for children aged 5 to 12 years whose families are supported by the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Buddies Days are well planned activities that rely on young adult volunteers engaging with and mentoring children·who are experiencing hardship or disadvantage. The program provides opportunities for children to develop friendships and self-confidence and, most importantly, to have fun. 

The program offers a range of experiences including bowling, visits to the movies, wildlife parks, museums etc. or fun- filled days hosted at local Colleges which may include craft and sporting activities. Children are referred to the program by our Conference Members and other Society services, in particular our homelessness services. There is no cost to families for the activities and we also provide the transport.

The Buddies Day program aims to:

  • provide outreach to the children of families supported by the St Vincent de Paul Society who are doing it tough and may not otherwise have access to the range of experiences we can offer;
  • promote friendship, compassion, dignity and community;
  • provide respite to parents or carers while engaging their children in a range of activities in a safe, supportive environment;
  • promote the children’s independence, confidence and social skills through new social experiences enabling them to explore their talents and interests; and
  • provide an opportunity for volunteers to make a difference to the lives of others. 

The role

Students will have the opportunity to work with our team of experienced Buddies Day volunteers to:

  • participate in activities alongside the children to ensure their day is both safe and lots of fun; 
  • develop a greater understanding of the needs of the children we support;
  • enhance their own skills and capacity to be a positive role model to children, making a real difference to their lives; and
  • engage with other like-minded young adults to share ideas, create awareness of social justice issues and enact change in the local and broader community.

How to apply

More information about requirements, dates, times, and locations for this opportunity can be found on InPlace. Students can also apply to any available opportunity directly through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to 'Applying with InPlace' module in the Community Engagement Canvas Course.

Before applying for an opportunity please ensure:

  • You understand and will follow any COVID-safe practices as determined by ACU, the organisation offering this opportunity or the public health orders of your state.
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required and 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.
  • You have read the 'Safety and Wellbeing' module in the Community Engagement course.

Opportunities are available in line with the needs of our community partners. If this opportunity is not listed in InPlace it may not be open, it may be at capacity, or you may not be eligible.

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If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement.

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