What is VINES?
VINES stands for Vinnies, Inspiring, Networking, Education and Support and was established in 2017 in partnership with Scout Association Australia (ACT). The program supports young people at risk between 13 – 15 years through monthly weekend activities and weekend camps. The consistent and regular structured activities allows for positive social inclusion and emotional development for the young people. This is also an opportunity for respite for the young people and their family. Collaboration with Scouts ACT opens up opportunities for the young people to experience the Scouting community’s values and participate in adventurous Scout activities. 

What is the cost of this service?
VINES is a free of charge program.

Who can access this service?
Young people from vulnerable background between 13-15 years in the Canberra region. The program is aimed at children experiencing social or financial disadvantage. For more information of eligibility please contact us.

Where is the service located?
The activities and weekend camps take place around Canberra and the surrounding region. Weekend activities include geocaching, archery, snorkelling and visits to Parliament House and War Memorial. Camps are held twice a year over a weekend at retreat and recreation centres in dorm style accommodation.

What are the benefits of accessing this service?
VINES delivers a multifaceted curriculum that targets key areas including: positive community experience, social and emotional development, skill building, education, networking, positive risk taking behaviours and role modelling. Depending on the activity, there is an opportunity to build a specific skill, knowledge or encourage participants to take on challenging tasks. At the end of each activity, young people are invited to reflect on the day to build self-awareness and achieve recognition of the learning experience.

Can I volunteer for this service?
Yes, this program is staffed, planned and facilitated by volunteers. Volunteers must be 20 years and above, have a current Working with Vulnerable People’s card, undergo reference checks and attend regular training.

How can I find out more about VINES?
For more information, please contact vines.cg@vinnies.org.au or call (02) 6234 7329.