We support children from a migrant or refugee background to feel connected, safe, valued and empowered.
Volunteers support primary and secondary students in a classroom setting with a teacher present. Activities vary according to the needs of the schools and students and can be a mix of individual and group tasks. Volunteers visit the schools once a week for 2 hours on weekday mornings during the school term.
Activities outside of school
The Migrant and Refugee Program aims to run regular activities outside of school, including school holiday activities and homework and games clubs at local libraries on the weekends.
We support primary and secondary students in a classroom setting through being strengths based, trauma-informed and relationship focused.
We are strengths based
Children from a migrant, refugee or asylum seeker background can face numerous challenges as they settle into their new life in Australia. However, they bring with them great strengths. We support the children and young people we work with to recognise and value their strengths and empower them to overcome challenges.
We are trauma informed
Trauma Informed Practice is a strengths-based framework which is founded on five core principles – safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment as well as respect for diversity. Trauma informed services embrace a message of hope and optimism that recovery is possible. Mental Health Australia: https://mhaustralia.org/general/trauma-informed-practice
We are relationship focused
Positive relationships help children to feel valued, safe and welcome. They develop confidence, build connections and foster a sense of belonging. They are instrumental in nurturing children in the process of healing from trauma.
To become a volunteer, we are looking for people who are:
Funded by the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.