What is the Migrant and Refugee Schools Program?
The program aims to foster a sense of identity and belonging, empowering migrant and refugee children to achieve their full potential.

Children from migrant and refugee backgrounds often face numerous challenges and complex transitions upon settling into Australia. However, children are resilient and they come to Australia with a range of strengths. 
Using a strengths-based approach in our program delivery, we seek to focus on these strengths and ensure that the children achieve their full potential as active and engaged members of the Australian society.

How do we do it? 
Volunteers support children in Kindy up to Year 6 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. 

The program focuses on two main areas which are:
Identity and Belonging
By providing children with opportunities to gain positive social interactions and experiences, it helps them explore ways and strategies to feel that they belong as they integrate into a new community.

School Engagement
By partnering with schools to support the children’s learning and development, we focus on building the children’s capacity and confidence.

When and where does the program take place?
The program takes place at the following schools during the school term:
•    North Ainslie Primary School: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 11am (2 hours)
•    Florey Primary School: Thursdays, 9am to 10am (1 hour)

Can I volunteer for the program?
Yes! To volunteer, we are looking for people who are:
•    17 years old and above 
Passionate about working with children from diverse backgrounds
Able to work as part of a team
•    Fluent in English (spoken and written)
•    Available to attend at least 2 sessions a month for 6 months
•    Willing to obtain a Working with Vulnerable People card and provide references

This is a chance to make new friends, learn new skills and experience the diversity and richness of other cultures. Volunteers are supported by employees of St Vincent de Paul Society, and ongoing training opportunities are also provided.

How can I find out more about the program?
For more information, please contact the Youth Team on youth@svdp-cg.org.au or call (02) 6234 7329.