Maidstone Education Program

Maidstone Education Program

The Maidstone Education Program has a focus on the four pillars of literacy – reading, writing, speaking and listening. It started in Term 3, 2019 and supports around 30 students. 

The students come from four different primary schools in the area, and diverse cultural backgrounds. 

The program is supported by a team of 15 adult volunteers. They meet each Thursday during the Victorian school term from 3.30pm -4.45pm.

The program assists students with literacy and numeracy, as well as general social, emotional and academic support. This holistic approach helps to improve overall educational outcomes. Our paid coordinator and trained volunteers provide a friendly learning environment. The education program team aims to improve the learning skills and attitudes of students, increase confidence when interacting with adult volunteers and peers, encourage collaboration, promote social inclusion, develop a growth mindset and showcase best learning practices.

Who can access the Maidstone Education Program?

Students in primary schools around the area are welcome to join the education program. We help a range of students from diverse backgrounds, cultures and learning needs. Most of our students are from families who speak English as an additional language (EAL). We welcome all young people into our program.

Where is the service located?

The Maidstone Community Centre 
21 Yardley Street Maidstone.
3.30pm – 4.4.pm (Students)
3.00pm – 5pm (Volunteers).

Who benefits from the Maidstone Education Program?

Students who attend the program have the opportunity to develop social, emotional and academic skills as part of a positive learning experience. In our participant surveys, students’ report that the volunteers who work in the program help them to improve academic results, increase social and academic confidence, and develop better friendships and social involvement. 

Can I help?

We are always happy to hear from people who want to volunteer. If you are someone who has a growth mindset (the belief that talents can be developed through hard work), loves learning and has the skills to support a young person develop a love of learning, please contact us. We have volunteer places for general volunteers and specialists who can support literacy in the early years.

How can I find out more?

The HR volunteer recruitment team at our Victorian central office is always happy to help, so if you have any questions, please phone 1300 736 933 or email volunteer@svdp-vic.org.au.