What are the St Vincent de Paul Youth Programs?

Vinnies Youth Programs consist of three programs to support young people in the Canberra region. The St Joe’s Youth Program, St Nick’s Young Carers Program and VINES Youth Program are provided free of charge throughout the year and are staffed, facilitated and organised by volunteers. 

St Joe’s and St Nick’s provide young people with respite and recreation camps and activities that they may not otherwise access due to their caring role, social isolation or financial restraints on their family.
St Joe’s provides monthly weekend activities and 4D3N camps every school holiday to vulnerable young people between 6-12 years. St Nick’s provides monthly weekend activities and 5D4N camps in January and July to support young carers between 9-17 years who take on a caring role for a family member.

VINES is in partnership with Scout Association of Australia (ACT) to support young people at risk between 13 – 15 years through monthly weekend activities and two weekend camps. The program aims to create a positive community experience to build the participants’ life skills and social emotional development through role-modelling, networking and education.


Where do the programs take place?

Camps take place at retreat and conference centres in Canberra, the Southern Highlands, Snowy Mountains or the South Coast. Camps are never more than 3 hours from Canberra and all transport is provided. Accommodation is dorm style and the camps are generally catered for by the venue.
Weekend monthly activities take place at various venues around Canberra, for example the Zoo, Questacon or a rock climbing centre.

What are the benefits of volunteering for these programs?

The youth programs would not run without the support, dedication and passion of volunteers. The benefits for the children and young people we work with are huge. Camp allows the kids a chance to take a break and have fun, something that is rare for them.

Volunteers also provide positive affirmation, encouragement and are great role models for the kids.
The youth programs are very social and you will make new friends, learn new skills such as leadership, first aid and facilitation and have a lot of fun!

Do these programs have a minimum age requirement?

Yes, to volunteer for the St Joe’s Youth Program you must be at least 17 years old. To volunteer for the St Nick’s Young Carers Program and VINES Youth Program you must be at least 20 years old.

How can I find out more about volunteering in the youth programs?

For more information please contact the Youth Team on (02) 6234 7321 or youth@svdp-cg.org.au