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Youth at Work Mentor SSI Youth@Work mentors support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to adapt to the workplace and stay in work in Australia.

The program aims to enhance the career outcomes of participants who often find it difficult to secure long term employment in Australia because of language and cultural barriers.

Mentors connect with participants via phone, email, text or in person for up to six months to help young people set the foundations for their career goals.

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Breakfast Club assistant

Hubs breakfast clubThe Community Hubs Program is based in primary schools. It aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0 to 5 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities, as well as access to support services, including local education, health, community and settlement services.

Breakfast Clubs, in schools, have been established to promote the nutritional benefits of breakfast. The Breakfast Club assistant will work alongside their Community Hub Leader to provide students, who do not normally get the opportunity to eat breakfast, with a nutritional start to their day.

Breakfast Club assistants are required at various locations in Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Blacktown and Fairfield, and must be committed to regular attendance at two breakfast clubs per fortnight. Times and days will vary across hubs and Breakfast Clubs are only held during school terms.

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Creche assistant

Hubs PlaygroupThe Community Hubs Program is based in primary schools. It aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0 to 5 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities, as well as access to support services, including local education, health, community and settlement services.

The creche assistant will support children aged 0 to 5 years in supervised play while their parent/carer takes part in learning or program activities run through the Community Hub. Parents are usually within close proximity to their child if not in the same room.

Child minding assistants are required at various locations in Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Blacktown and Fairfield, and must be committed to regular attendance at two sessions from 9am to 2pm per fortnight during school term.

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Donation pickup and delivery assistant

Donation deliverySSI has an established donations initiative to support families, from all of its programs, with items such as children’s clothing and toys, non-perishable food, cots and prams and small household appliances. This initiative requires semi-regular pick up, drop off and sorting of donations.

The donations pick-up and delivery assistant supports this initiative by collecting, sorting, and delivering these donations to families being supported by the organisation.

N.B. A current and valid driver’s licence and flexibility to meet pickup and delivery needs is required.

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Employment Readiness assistant

Employee readiness assistant

Employment is integral in the settlement journey for newly arrived refugees, migrants and asylum seekers and for other vulnerable people in our community. It provides a valuable pathway to achieving independence.

The Employment Readiness assistant will support an SSI Employment initiative to prepare recently arrived refugees for entering the Australian workplace. This role will focus on guiding, assisting and proactively supporting HSS clients as they look for work.

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Employment Readiness assistant (community language)

Employment Readiness3Employment is integral in the settlement journey for newly arrived refugees, migrants and asylum seekers and for other vulnerable people in our community. It provides a valuable pathway to achieving independence.

The Employment Readiness assistant (community language) will support an SSI Employment initiative to prepare recently arrived refugees for entering the Australian workplace. This role will focus on guiding, assisting and proactively supporting HSS clients as they look for work. This role will also provide language support where required.

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English practice assistant

English classThe Community Hubs Program is based in primary schools. It aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0 to 6 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities, as well as access to support services, including local education, health, community and settlement services.

The Hub English Conversation groups have been developed for parents, grandparents and other community members to attend and practise their conversational English. English practice assistants will work alongside English practice facilitator/s and their Community Hub Leader during the English Conversation sessions.

English practice assistants are required to select a school within Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Blacktown and Fairfield, and must be committed to regular attendance of two sessions per fortnight. Times and days will vary across hubs and are only held during school term.

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English practice facilitator

English practiceThe Community Hubs Program is based in primary schools. It aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0 to 6 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities, as well as access to support services, including local education, health, community and settlement services.

The Hub English Conversation groups have been developed for parents, grandparents and other community members to attend and practise their conversational English. The English practice facilitator will work alongside English practice assistants and their Community Hub Leader to facilitate English Conversation sessions.

English practice facilitators are required to select a school/s within Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Blacktown and Fairfield, and must be committed to regular attendance of two sessions per fortnight. Times and days will vary across hubs and are only held during school term.

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Friendship Garden volunteer

Auburn friendship garden

The Friendship Garden in Auburn welcomes newly arrived migrants, refugees, people seeking asylum, and CALD communities that may not have access to a garden in their home. The community garden has been designed to support people to feel connected, grow local and traditional food, share or gain new knowledge about gardening and permaculture principles, and to build on their existing skills.

The volunteer will support newly arrived migrants and refugees to grow their own food and foster a sense of belonging. The volunteer will assist the gardener and participants with gardening and other horticulture related activities, preparing lunch, facilitating connections between participants, and offering community language assistance.

Volunteers must be able to attend the Friendship Garden on a Thursday. 

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Homework Club tutor

Community Hub activityThe Community Hubs Program is based in primary schools. It aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0 to 5 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities, as well as access to support services, including local education, health, community and settlement services.

The Homework Club tutor will support the Community Hub Leader and school staff to run a homework club by providing one-on-one and small group tutoring support to students. The tutor will also provide practical support to families to support their child at home.

Homework Club Tutors are required at various locations in Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Blacktown and Fairfield. Attendance is required at a minimum of two homework club sessions per fortnight. Times and days will vary across hubs.

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Success stories

Refugee turned citizen feels privileged to have a say

Paz Roman smiling to camera.At 17, Paz Roman was nominated as Young Australian of the Year, mostly for her volunteer work. Ironically, she wasn’t an Australian. She came here from Chile as a refugee with her family when she was just a baby, and despite living in Australia since then, she struggled with the idea of becoming a citizen.  

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