Vinnies Refugee Tutoring and Community Support

What is the VoRTCS program?
The Vinnies Refugee Tutoring and Community Support (VoRTCS) Program is a Special Works of St Vincent de Paul and provides in-home tutoring support to many refugee families in Brisbane so they can take up educational, vocational and social opportunities existing in our community. Each week, VoRTCS volunteers visit families from refugee backgrounds for roughly an hour and a half to provide community support and enhance English language skills.

Who can access the VoRTCS program?
Refugee families who have recently arrived in Australia and been settled in Brisbane for a minimum of 6 months. VoRTCS can assist families with a minimum of two members requiring assistance in English language skills, confidence building, basic homework and TAFE course assistance, completing forms, settling into their local community and enquiring skills to help them access opportunities within Brisbane.

VoRTCS is not a homework club, with both the adults and children required to participate in the program. If the family require help more suited to the services of a club please consider the list of Brisbane Homework Clubs and English Classes at the bottom of this page.

Where is the VoRTCS program located?
VoRTCS is run and based in Brisbane, with tutors assisting families in the north, west and southern suburbs of the city.

What are the benefits of accessing VoRTCS?
Those who benefit from this service are refugee families who have recently arrived in Australia and now live in Brisbane. VoRTCS tutors help their assigned family to overcome current obstacles and become more independent and confident members within their community.

Can I volunteer for VoRTCS?
Yes, we are always in need for more eager volunteers to join our team. If you believe refugees have a lot to contribute to Australian society and should be assisted and encouraged to take up the opportunities available to all Australians, whether they be educational, social or vocational then this is the program for you!

How can I find out more?
To find out more, visit the official VoRTCS website at for further information and steps in referring a family or becoming a volunteer tutor.