What is the Illawarra High School Support Program?

The Illawarra High School Support Program is a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society that currently operates in Warilla, Kanahooka and Oak Flats High Schools.

Activities include: mentoring, self-esteem building activities, restoration and vintage car programs, nursing home visitation and fundraising activities.
The program provides

  • on-going support for students and teachers

  • an opportunity for those not engaging in education or community to feel a sense of worth enabling them to continue with education and eventually have a positive effect on the lives of other members of their families 

  • opportunities for students to experience the Vincentian spirituality. 

Who can access this service?

Students from Warilla, Kanahooka and Oak Flats High Schools.

Where is the service located?

Warilla, Kanahooka and Oak Flats High Schools

Who benefits from Illawarra High School Support Program?

The program has a dedicated team of trained volunteers who assist staff, and encourage and support new volunteers to feel supported in the program, providing a non-judgemental family like environment with a safe and healthy atmosphere for students and volunteers.

Can I volunteer for this service?

We are always looking for new volunteers who enjoy working with students to make a difference in a student’s life simply by letting them know someone cares.  Opportunities exist in the breakfast club and mentoring activities.  If you have a mechanical background we have opportunities in our car restoration programs at Warilla and Kanahooka High Schools.

Volunteers are supported and provided with appropriate training including

Basic Child Protection, Leadership and effective communication, Behaviour management, Work, Health and Safety and Activity specific training.

How can I find out more about Illawarra High School Support Program?

Contact the coordinator, Janelle Trigg, on

Phone:  4276 4224

Mobile:  0427 936601

Email:  janelle@svdpwgong.org.au