Homework mentoring program needs volunteers to assist migrants and refugees

Date published: 23 March 2017

CityLibraries Townsville is recruiting volunteers to assist migrant and refugee secondary students with their studies.

The Homework Mentoring Program is urgently seeking volunteers who will work with students on either Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3.30-5pm during the school term at the Aitkenvale Library.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said since its inception, the program had achieved fantastic outcomes.

“Not only does the homework program help the students with their studies, but it also promotes inclusion in the wider Townsville community,” Cr Doyle said.

“The students that participate see improvements in English literacy and in communication and social skills.

“We currently have about 20 volunteers from a range of ages and backgrounds; however, many more are needed to meet the demand.”

Cr Doyle said becoming a mentor was a very rewarding experience for those involved.

“Volunteers gain training and valuable skills in working with secondary students from a culturally and linguistically diverse background,” she said.

“Volunteers don’t require any special qualifications other than a desire to help the students and a willingness to learn, but do require a current Blue Card, or be prepared to obtain one through the library.”

Volunteers need to be flexible, patient and display maturity. Cross-cultural training and information about refugees and migrants will be provided.

To find out more about the program contact Geri Crouch at CityLibraries on 4727 8310 or email geri.crouch@townsville.qld.gov.au