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Migrant and Refugee Schools Program Volunteer - Vinnies

St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn

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The St Vincent de Paul Society aspires to be recognised as a caring Catholic charity offering 'a hand up' to people in need. We do this by respecting their dignity, sharing our hope, and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.

Our Migrant and Refugee Schools Program aims to foster a sense of identity and belonging, empowering migrant and refugee children and young people to achieve their full potential. Children and young people 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.

Our Migrant and Refugee Schools Program Volunteers support children in Kindy up to Year 12 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.

Key Responsibilities: • Support children and young people to participate in school programs • Work as a team with program leaders, school staff, and other volunteers to plan and implement activities • Ensure that duty of care requirements are met for all program participants and volunteers • Compliance with organizational policies and procedures, training requirements, legislation, health and safety, diversity and a commitment to quality systems and continuous improvement. • Other duties as required

Selection Criteria:

  • Minimum Age Requirement • Volunteers must be 17 years or older

  • Skills and Attributes • Patient, friendly, enthusiastic, energetic and with a positive mindset • Culturally aware and respectful of other cultures • Passionate about working with children and young people, especially those from a migrant or refugee background • Has a sound knowledge of English • Ability to establish strong working relationships with peers and program participants • Good organisational and leadership skills • Adapts to changing environments and demands

  • Work Health and Safety Requirements • Working with Vulnerable People Check • First Aid certificate and Drivers Licence are desirable, but not necessary • Corporate Induction and Program Training (to be completed at the Deakin Office)

  • Time Commitment • 2 hours per week, 10 weeks per school term • 2 hours per month for debrief and team meeting (hours are flexible) • Several hours every few months for training - optional • We recommend volunteers make a 6-12 months commitment to this volunteer role as we are trying to make a long-term positive impact in the lives of young people in our region

  • Commitment to ethos of St Vincent de Paul Society • A clear understanding of the role and ethos of the Society and its objectives, along with evidence of a strong commitment to reflect its mission and values in all dealings with employees, volunteers and those whom we assist

The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international, lay Catholic organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing assistance to anyone in need. We are committed to recruiting dedicated, professional volunteers who have the skills and experience appropriate for this role.

For this reason, should you be interested in this role, we will need to collect the following information prior to you commencing in the role:

  • Photo ID such as Driver Licence
  • Vinnies Volunteer Application Form
  • Vinnies Volunteer Assignment Agreement
  • WWVP Card

We need to have reasonable confidence that members, volunteers and employees, particularly those who have access to vulnerable persons we are assisting, are of suitable character and do not expose these persons to unacceptable risk. Therefore, volunteers may be required to have a WWVP Card. If you don't have one, we will help you apply for it. Please note that we handle all personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1998.