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Volunteer Playgroup Assistant

About the Community Hubs Program

The Community Hubs Program aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0- 6 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities as well as access to existing support services including local education, health, community, and settlement services. The program offers families various opportunities to gain skills through formal and informal training, including English practice conversation sessions, breakfast clubs, playgroups, homework clubs and community events. 

 

Playgroups have been established to help meet the needs of refugee and asylum seeker families with children aged 0 to 6 years. The Playgroup Assistant will support their Community Hub Leader or playgroup facilitator to run the playgroup with a focus on:

 

•           Supporting learning through play

•           Facilitating socialisation for children of similar ages

•           Addressing social isolation for parents and children

•           Strengthening the role of parents as first educators and advocates

•           Introducing strategies to improve parent and child interaction and bonding

•           Building confidence in play as a link to learning

•           Engage with parents through positive role modelling

When and commitment

Minimum one day per week for 3 months or school term.

Location

Various locations across NSW: Blacktown, Bankstown, Fairfield, Parramatta, Cumberland, Chester Hill, Western Sydney, and Coffs Harbour.

What you will do

•    Assist with general office duties including word processing, data entry, filing, photocopying and scanning and using Microsoft suite. 
•    Assist Community Hub Leader to prepare worksheets and attendance sheets for programs, including photocopying resources as required.  
•    Assist in set up and pack up.
•    Liaise with Community Hub partners, including accepting community donations.
•    Assist setting up and packing down the playgroup area. 
•    Support the Community Hub Leader to create a welcoming environment where parents and children can connect with each other.
•    Work actively with families during group activities including story-time, singing and dancing.
•    Support the Community Hub Leader and/or playgroup facilitator to plan playgroup activities. 
•    Provide feedback to the Community Hub Leader following playgroup sessions.

All volunteers have the responsibility to:

  • Actively support SSI’s vision and values
  • Work in accordance with SSI policies and procedures
  • Follow all reasonable directions provided by SSI staff or delegate
  • Maintain confidentiality and keep client information securely 

Essential

•    Early Childhood and Childcare services experience
•    Knowledge of early childhood needs and development.
•    Excellent computer literacy skills.
•    High level written and oral communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.
•    Great time management skills.

Desirable

Previous experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Benefits

Reimbursement

Volunteers, students and interns will have access to reimbursement for all pre- approved expenses including reasonable travel expenses.

Volunteers, students, interns using their own vehicle will need to provide SSI Group with photocopies of their driver’s licence, comprehensive car insurance and compulsory third-party insurance.

Training

Volunteers, students, interns will be provided with access to SSI Group’s flexible, extensive and innovative training program.

Being a member of the SSI Group Community

Volunteers, students, interns will be kept up-to-date with all of SSI Group’s important news, events and opportunities.

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Students & Interns - NSW

Students/Interns - NSW

Community Hubs Assistant

About the Community Hubs Program

The Community Hubs Program aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0-5 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities as well as access to existing support services including local education, health, community, and settlement services. The program offers families various opportunities to gain skills through formal and informal training, including English practice conversation sessions, breakfast clubs, playgroups, homework clubs and community events.  

The Community Hub Assistant will work alongside Community Hub Leader by providing administrative and community engagement support within school community.

When and Commitment

Minimum one day per week for 3 months or school term.

Locations

Various locations across NSW: Blacktown, Bankstown, Fairfield, Parramatta, Cumberland, Chester Hill, Western Sydney, and Coffs Harbour.

What you will do

•    Assist with general office duties including word processing, data entry, filing, photocopying and scanning and using Microsoft suite. 
•    Assist Community Hub Leader to prepare worksheets and attendance sheets for programs, including photocopying resources as required.  
•    Assist in set up and pack up.
•    Liaise with Community Hub partners, including accepting community donations.
•    Assist by welcoming of participants and external trainers.
•    Initiate ice breaker activities to support participants to feel comfortable.
•    Assist with data collection for reporting purposes and engage in evaluation process with participants. 
•    Making referrals to the different organisations.
•    Collecting formal and informal feedback from program’s participants.
•    Taking and editing photos.
•    Preparing information and updating Hub Facebook and fortnightly school Newsletter.
•    Prepare flyers and promotional material when required.
•    Promoting Hub programs with parents in the school as well as the local community  
•    Engage in relevant training provided by SSI in partnership with training provider.

All students have the responsibility to:

  • Actively support SSI Group’s vision and values
  • Work in accordance with SSI Group policies and procedures 
  • Follow all reasonable directions provided by Community Hub Leader or delegate
  • Maintain confidentiality and keep client information securely

Essential  

  • Excellent computer literacy skills.
  • High level written and oral communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Great time management skills.

Desirable

  • Previous experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
  • Interested in SSI causes and communities.

Benefits

  • Reimbursement: Volunteers, students and interns will have access to reimbursement for all pre-approved expenses including reasonable travel expenses. Volunteers, students, interns using their own vehicle will need to provide SSI Group with photocopies of their driver’s licence, comprehensive car insurance and compulsory third-party insurance.
  • Training: Volunteers, students, interns will be provided with access to SSI Group’s flexible, extensive and innovative training program.
  • Being a member of the SSI Group Community: Volunteers, students, interns will be kept up-to-date with all of SSI Group’s important news, events and opportunities.
Fill in an application