Volunteer program helps children bloom

Much like some flowers require a little extra attention, some extra fertiliser, a dash of water and some gentle tending for them to bloom, so to do children.

A Churches of Christ Care volunteer program is helping children in out-of-home care grow and look forward to the future with renewed confidence.

Our ‘Robins Readers’ program sees a volunteer visit a child in out-of-home care and offer them support with reading, homework, social skills and confidence.

Churches of Christ Care Fostering Team Leader Angela Pritchard hopes that the program exposes young people in out-of-home care to additional opportunities.

“Many children in out-of-home care have below-average reading skills. The program aims to provide a young person with the chance to share a learning experience with a volunteer who is motivated and committed to helping them develop their reading and social skills,” Angela said.

“There is also the goal to help the young person build a rapport with their Robins Reader volunteer, and provide their carer with time to complete other duties so that they can continue to maintain the child’s placement.

“We are excited about the program and helping young people reach their full potential.”

Hollie Dennien has signed up to give her time as a Robins Reader.

“I am very excited to start in this program. I have previous experience as a mentor, and found it very rewarding to give children in care the chance to talk to a non-judgemental individual who is there for them,” Hollie said.

“During the program I hope to support a child who is living in out-of-home care with anything they need support with, from reading, to having a stable outsider there for them once a week. I am really looking forward to engaging in this type of volunteering.”

Volunteer Services Business Partner Jules Evans said the idea for Robins Readers came from a partnership between our Children, Youth and Families Services and Volunteer Services.

“The support that this program can provide, with volunteers supporting a young person with anything from math and English to playing games, could see the young person grow in confidence in what the future might bring,” Jules said.

Could you give one hour a week to help a child in care?

If you are interested in volunteering with the Robins Reader program, please contact volunteers@cofcqld.com.au or call 1300 760 622 today.

Posted November 18, 2016 in Our blog