Provide a hand up through education

Education Services offer a variety of education pathways to those who have faced barriers to learning. Our programs help empower people who are marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated to have the opportunity to re-engage in education and gain a qualification.


Clemente is a fee-free, university accredited program designed to help build aspirations and confidence through education. The program aims to make University education more accessible to people experiencing disadvantage.

Participants engage in a two year course in the Humanities (four subjects over four semesters) with the Australian Catholic University where on completion they will obtain a university certificate and a pathway to tertiary study.

Volunteer as a Learning Partner

Learning Partners provide a critical academic mentoring role to students. By supporting and encouraging students to develop study and organisation skills, Learning Partners help build students’ confidence and self-esteem, as well as helping them to reengage with community.


  • Learning Partners must have:
  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent (does not need to be in a specific knowledge area). 
  • Computer literacy at a level that enables you to assist with Internet research and formatting of assignments
  • Research and library skills
  • Readiness to work within the values of the Society and the Clemente Australia Program “dignity, respect, mutuality” and “hand up rather than hand out”
  • The ability to proactively develop a rapport with students
  • Skills in encouraging personal development in others
  • Excellent communication skills with a very good command of spoken English.
  • The ability to interact and deal sensitively with students from different backgrounds who may be dealing with a number of issues including homelessness, drug or alcohol addiction, mental ill health, disability, post-traumatic stress and other challenges.

NB All St Vincent de Paul Society Qld volunteers must undergo a National Police Check (arranged by us).

All new volunteers will receive an orientation and induction training.

How often would I need to volunteer?

Two to four hours (10.30am to 2 pm) every Thursday for the duration of the semester (aprox 14 weeks). A minimum commitment of attendance at 12.30-2pm is required, however it is helpful if Volunteers are available to attend the lecture from 10.30am – 12.30pm as well.

How do I get involved?

Email your CV and a brief cover letter to the Education Services Coordinator at .  Phone 07 3010 1083 or 0419 502 531 to find out more.

We accept applications to volunteer for each semester throughout the year, however the commitment starts at the beginning of each semester.