This is a NEW program that aims to foster a sense of identity and belonging, and empower 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, we also acknowledge that 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 the children’s strengths and ensure they achieve their full potential as active and engaged members of the Australian society.

How We Do It
Volunteers work with children in Kindy up to Year 6 in a classroom setting with a teacher present. Activities will be a blend of individual and group formal and will vary according to the needs of students and the teacher’s lesson plan. An example of a typical 2-hour session is as follows:

9.00am  Games and Ice-breakers
9.15am  Individual English Practice
10.00am  Group Activities
10.45am  Reflection
11.00am  End

The program focuses on two main areas which are:

Identity and Belonging
The children’s experiences of belonging during the process of settlement are negotiated at multiple levels in their everyday life as they actively explore ways and strategies to belong. Hence, by providing them with opportunities to gain positive social interactions and experiences, it can help them overcome the challenges as they integrate into a new community.

School Engagement
Schools play a significant role to support the successful settlement of the children into the local community. By partnering with schools to support the children’s learning and adjustment, we focus on building their capacity and confidence. This ensures that they are motivated to create their own opportunities to realise their full potential.

When and Where It Takes Place?
The program takes place weekly during the school term at the following locations and timings:

North Ainslie Primary School: Fridays, 9am to 11am (2 hours)
Florey Primary School: Thursday, 12.45pm to 1.45pm (1 hour)

Let us know your availability and session preference. You can volunteer for one or both sessions!

Who are Our Volunteers?
• 17 years old and above (or turning 17 in the next 3 months)
• Passionate about working with children from diverse backgrounds
• Be able to attend at least 2 sessions per month for a commitment of 6 months
• Be able to attend an Induction and Training
• Have a Working with Vulnerable People card or be willing to obtain one (application is FREE for volunteers)

NO previous experience is required as all volunteers will receive training and support.
This is a chance to make new friends, learn new skills and experience the diversity and richness of other cultures. And if you can speak another language, let us know!

How to Sign Up?
If you are interested to volunteer, please fill in your details here and we will get in touch.
Alternatively, you can contact Gwen Goon at gwen.goon@svdp-cg.org.au or call 6234 7321 / 0417 228 206.