2019 Buddies Day Program

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland

Buddies Day is a community engagement program designed to give families support by providing their kids (8-12yrs) with a fun day out. It’s a great opportunity for young volunteers to become active leaders/positive role models within their local community. This opportunity suits students enrolled in SOY10105, COM30001, HLT10595 and WEL91006

Details

Availability: Approved

Time required: Not yet defined

Duration: 26 weeks

Location:
126 Allied Drive
Arundel
Queensland
Australia

Requires face to face contact: Yes

Overview

Aims

Buddies Day's focus on offering genuine support to children and providing them with alternative role models to give them a true hand up in life. The program provides opportunities for self development in both children and volunteers.

The program also offers families and children respite from their current circumstances and something to look forward to each month.

Outcomes

We expect to see positive relationships grow between the children and their role models in the program and through this we expect to see a growth in confidence and personal development in both the children and the volunteers involved in the Buddies.

Needs to be addressed

The Buddies Day Program reaches children from disadvantaged backgrounds, those from complex home environments who may oftentimes lack good network of role models. The program gives kids an opportunity to interact with positive role models, build wholesome relationships and the opportunity to just have fun and be kids.


Skills Required
• A willingness to share your strengths and talents and an ongoing commitment to journey with the teens involved in the program
• Strive to be a positive, encouraging. empathetic and committed volunteer mentor
• Desire to uphold the vision and mission of the St Vincent de Paul Society
• Hold Current Blue Card, or willing to obtain one.
• Undergo National Police Check through Vinnies
• Minimum Commitment: 6 months – 1 day a month

Benefits to students

Students will be able to enhance their leadership and facilitation skills, gain a stronger understanding of disadvantage within their local community, and make an active, positive contribution in the lives of children and their families.

Requirements

Southern Cross University

We are seeking volunteers aged 16 -35 years of age to take on the role of being a Big Buddy to the kids in our program once a month.

• A willingness to share your strengths and talents and an ongoing commitment to journey with the teens involved in the program
• Strive to be a positive, encouraging. empathetic and committed volunteer mentor
• Desire to uphold the vision and mission of the St Vincent de Paul Society
• Hold Current Blue Card, or willing to obtain one.
• Undergo National Police Check through Vinnies
• Minimum Commitment: 6 months – 1 day a month

Partner

The program is resourced by The St Vincent de Paul Society and is quite self sufficient.