The School Volunteer Program

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Contact Person: Craig Stewart
Position: CEO
Email:
Mobile: 08 9448646
Street Address: 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands, WA
Postal Address: PO Box 601, Maylands, WA, 6931
Website http://www.svp.org.au

At the centre of The School Volunteer Program’s (SVP) work is a belief in the power of relationships. For children to thrive, they need to be connected to and supported by an extended network of caring people with the time to listen and provide guidance. SVP is a school based program with volunteers dedicating their time during school hours, on school grounds. With our dedicated volunteers, SVP engages students at any stage in their educational pathway, from kindergarten to high school. Our network of caring volunteers come from all walks of life and range from 18-90+ years. Volunteers have a diverse range of skills, experience and professions, but have one thing in common – a strong commitment to give back to their community. SVP offers two types of volunteering roles: Mentoring: Mentors are caring and responsible adults, who take the time to listen, support and encourage a student on a consistent basis. A mentor’s main role is to nurture a student’s self esteem and confidence, which can strengthen a student’s school engagement and increase resilience. Activities are many and varied – examples include assisting with school work, projects, reading, art and craft, sport, or just having a chat. General volunteering: Volunteers who would prefer an alternative to mentoring, or are unable to commit for a school year can volunteer in other valuable ways. Examples include listening to students read, helping on sports days and other special events, non-teaching assistance in class, breakfast club or canteen assistance, assisting in design and technology to name a few.

Mentor Age: 18+
Mentee Age: 5-18
Privacy Policy: Yes
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Once the screening process has been completed all volunteers undertake a short but comprehensive orientation training session comprising of two modules. Both modules are approximately 3 hours in duration with the opportunity to complete this over one or more days. Training takes place on a regular basis in groups of 25. This provides a great opportunity to mix with other people new to the organisation and develop great relationships with like minded people. The training is a mixture of presentations and interactive exercises with an opportunity to chat over a cuppa with other participants The modules are designed to introduce you to working in a school environment and address topics such as privacy, codes of conduct, communication, (Module One, Volunteering). Our second Module (Module Two, Mentoring) focuses on the mentoring relationship and introduces definitions of mentoring, mentoring benchmarks, relationship building, mentoring activities and much more.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: To become a volunteer with SVP, please contact us and we will send you an application package. Before commencing as a volunteer, applicants: Complete a screening process which includes an application form, reference checks, interview, Working with Children Card check and National Police Check, and Complete a short but comprehensive orientation training session. Following orientation, volunteers are matched to a school. Volunteers receive ongoing support from school staff and SVP, including further training opportunities, networking events and awards presentations. Becoming an SVP volunteer provides opportunities to give back to the community, develop your skills, and build new networks and friendships. Volunteers do not need specific qualifications to apply, just an ability to listen and empathise and have a sincere interest in helping young people succeed.
Mentor Position Description: Mentors are caring and responsible adults, who take the time to listen, support and encourage a student on a consistent basis. A mentor's main role is to nurture a student's self esteem and confidence, which can strengthen a student's school engagement and increase resilience. Activities are many and varied examples include assisting with school work, projects, reading, art and craft, sport, or just having a chat.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: Mentoring focuses on the relationship and as such we ask mentors to commit one hour per week on average for at least a school year, although this can vary subject to school and student needs.
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