Tutors for young parents

A volunteer tutor helps a young women juggling parenthood and education.

The Red Cross is in dire need of volunteer tutors who can work out of Parramatta to help young parents who are going back to their studies.

The Young Parents program needs at least two volunteers who are prepared to come in from 10am-12pm on Tuesday, weekly or fortnightly.

The role entails helping students develop confidence to fulfil the requirements of their TAFE course. The program is specifically designed for young parents who have limited family or community support.

The Red Cross is interested in people from all academic and professional backgrounds as the volunteer tutors’ will be depended on more for inculcating a positive attitude and teaching good study techniques to under-25-year-olds than for being knowledgeable about specific course subject areas.

Nevertheless, of great value will be people who have completed teacher training or have experience as a tutor, teacher’s aide or in a related field.

One volunteer tutor, reflecting on her experience, said, “I really like the fact that the skills I have are really useful for the program, and I love seeing the students making progress and seeing them re-engage with their education.”

To volunteer, contact the Red Cross Young Parents Program on (02) 8383 7505 or email vway@redcross.org.au. The volunteer application form can be found at http://www.redcross.org.au/files/Red_Cross_Volunteer_application_form.pdf.

Help refugees with homework

Teachers — particularly retired teachers — who would like to help hundreds of refugee schoolchildren with their studies after school are invited to contact St Vincent de Paul Society.

The society’s SPARK program runs after-school educational and cultural programs in primary schools across western Sydney. Each week, more than 300 students attend the program to get help with their homework.

Volunteers are needed to work with the children once a week from 3-4.30pm, providing academic support and helping to run educational activities.

SPARK looks for volunteers prior to the start of every term and is open to applications all year round. Call (02) 9568 0280, email spark@vinnies.org.au or visit www.vinnies.org.au/spark.