The Strathfield Conversation Club began in 2010. This weekly program aims to reduce social isolation and build confidence in conversational English for adults from non-English speaking backgrounds who live in the Strathfield Council local government area.
The Equity Pathways team is looking for enthusiastic ACU students or staff willing to commit to weekly attendance (during school terms only) at Earnshaw State College (which is literally down the road from ACU) to support Indigenous students from years three to six in maths. Up to five places are available.
Kedron State High School is located on Brisbane’s north side and has a large population of students from refugee and migrant backgrounds. ACU Engagement partners with the school in supporting an afternoon homework club where these students can receive support for their homework tasks and assignments.
If you’re passionate about safety, understanding, belonging and success for young people with learning and perceptual disabilities, then the Modified Rugby Program (MRP) Colts division is for you. No rugby experience is necessary. There are 30 places and 30 hours per student, per season available.
The Read To Learn Program (RTL) supports primary school children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and refugee backgrounds, who have also been identified as requiring additional support to develop their reading and literacy skills.
The Atherton Gardens Homework Support program is a partnership between ACU and The Smith Family, and offers weekly after school homework support to local primary school students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and refugee backgrounds.
Catholic Healthcare provides a range of volunteering opportunities, predominantly though providing social support to clients either in day-care centres, home visiting and phone calls, or by visiting residents in a facility, although there can be occasional opportunities to do office based volunteering.
Strathfield Council’s “Centenary Park Walking Group” is seeking a volunteer to lead the walking group every Friday from 10am to 11am in a circuit around Homebush West. Council’s Walking Group Program provides an informal and social opportunity to improve physical activity levels, mental health, community life, social wellbeing and community safety and meet new people in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Strathfield Council’s Buddies Program is seeking fifteen (15) “Big Buddy” volunteers to participate in a 30- minute long, weekly session for local primary school students ESL (English as a Second Language) who need to improve their reading skills such as fluency and comprehension. You will be reading one-on-one to a student “Little Buddy” from a selection of books. The program is to run over School Term 2 2018 beginning Monday, 7 May 2018, and each Monday thereafter (except Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday Monday: 11 June 2018) and finishing on Monday, 2 July 2018 at Strathfield Main Library, 65- 67 Rochester St, Homebush.
**Only open to students in the School of Business**
The John Berne School’s priority is to prepare students for a return to mainstream education, for entering trade training or other employment options. ACU students will work with students one on one or in small group situations to support them with their classwork.
St Vincent de Paul are facilitating a new model of connecting mentor / volunteers with migrants that need assistance improving their Conversational English. ACU students help run activities and one-on-one conversation with participants. This program is beneficial for ACU students in building cultural competencies and understanding the role of community organisations.
The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.
ACU students enrolled in a Bachelor Degree program work with new International English Language (ELICOS) students to assist them with adjusting to ACU and Sydney. ACU Students help ELICOS Students to feel more integrated and help them to build a social network with local students already in their future degree programs.
As a Compeer volunteer, you will be matched in a one-to-one friendship with a socially isolated adult living with a mental illness. You will meet together in a public setting and enjoy your planned social activities. Meetings occur on a regular basis, for a period of at least 12 months. This commitment allows you to build an authentic friendship and have a lot of fun in the process. You might enjoy a coffee and chat together, go to a sporting event, have lunch or see a movie, or go to a Compeer Social event. It’s up to the both of you to decide.
VINES is Vinnies, Inspiring, Networking, Education and Support. St Vincent de Paul and the Scout Association of Australia (ACT) are working in collaboration to deliver a project to support young people at risk. The service aims to encourage young people at risk to rediscover their better and stronger inner selves by providing a range of activities aimed at positive outcomes such as building new life skills, networking, social and emotional development.
Vinnies has 26 retail centres in our ACT/NSW region and a warehouse located in Canberra. The roles available within our centres are Team Leader, Retail Assistant, Donation Sorting, General Hand and Driver & Delivery Offsider.
Volunteer at one of our established Domestic Violence & Homelessness Refuges for women and their young children. Contribute to the positive development of preschool and primary school aged children through this early intervention program. Through the writing of programs, you will stimulate the cognitive, social and emotional wellbeing of these young children and also play a part in building a relationship of trust, therein giving a ‘hand up’. Find innovative ways to assist and support the mothers through this respite care program.
Join one of our established Conferences and contribute to their life changing work in a local community. Visit those whom the Conference assists, providing immediate assistance in the form of food vouchers or rent assistance, but also play a part in building a relationship of trust to try and uncover deeper problems, therein giving a ‘hand up’. Debrief as a Conference and find innovative ways to assisting people, including referrals to other services, budget counselling and general life advice.
Green Team is a volunteer-based program supporting people who are disadvantaged or marginalised by assisting with gardening work and yard maintenance (e.g. pruning, weeding and planting) while extending a hand of friendship.
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. This program provides opportunities for children to develop friendships and self-confidence and, most importantly, to have fun.
Are you looking for a rewarding and flexible volunteer experience? St Vincent de Paul’s COMPEER program is seeking friendly, accepting volunteers to offer the gift of friendship for one hour each week to a person isolated through mental illness.
A program run by the St Vincent de Paul Society that empowers teenagers from regional Victoria to make a difference in their community, while supporting children and families support by the Society. Roadshow supports teenagers to realise that they take an active part in social justice. It also teaches skills that can then apply elsewhere in our lives. The program gives parents who are struggling a break and gives their children a fun-filled day! It’s also great fun and a great way to meet likeminded people!!
Vinnies Kids Camps run to provide children from a range of family backgrounds a week away that is full of fun, enthusiasm and new experiences. With Vincentian values guiding our camps we strive to provide camp experiences that provide children with a happy, safe and fun holiday, free of charge, and provide their parents with some respite.
Vinnies Education Programs are free education services providing assistance to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The programs assist students with literacy and numeracy, as well as general social and academic support, helping to improve overall educational outcomes. Students from Prep to Year 12 attend the tutoring programs, and receive support from a team of volunteer tutors. Each program focuses on different age groups and educational outcomes, which include: homework, additional literacy or numeracy assistance or reading support.
Since 1975, the Soup Van Program has been providing in excess of 250,000 meals a year to individuals experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. Each of our 1,000 dedicated volunteers bring their unique skills, knowledge and passion to the Soup Van Program. Our teams provides delicious food, hospitality and conversation with individuals seeking our assistance.
CatholicCare is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a vast range of services to meet the needs of vulnerable individuals and families within the community. CatholicCare (Melbourne) are looking for two students who would like to volunteer or undertake a community engagement placement within their organisation in mid may. Over 35 hours, two students will get in contact with schools to evaluate a CatholicCare initiate with schools.
A weekly opportunity for young Mums and their children to meet other local young Mums and enjoy learning African and hip hop dancing as well as other developmentally appropriate activities. It also provides support with education and employment pathways.
Brisbane City are delighted to announce the start of the F.F.A Disability inclusive football program. We are extremely humbled to have a fantastic partner in the Brisbane Paralympic Program and Mercy Community services helping us deliver a first class inclusive football program for players of all ages and abilities.
Vinnies is seeking volunteers to get involved in a new and exciting program for migrant and refugee children in Kindy up to Year 6. Volunteers work with children in a classroom setting to increase their English skills and build self-esteem.