It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

The School Volunteer Program of the ACT (SVPACT) recognises that some students in the ACT Education System would benefit from having an adult mentor to assist them.

SVPACT recruits volunteer mentors who are committed to helping students who are struggling. With support these students can improve their skills and gain confidence.


Volunteers bring to the student and school their dedication, inspiration and time and, under guidance of teachers, support the students learning in the classroom.


Volunteers provide one-to-one time with students in activities such as literacy (reading, writing, grammar, etc), numeracy (maths and games), building with Meccano, woodcraft or Lego, craft and cooking.


Through the hourly visits each week, volunteers seek to assist students gain maximum value from the education process and to gain self confidence and improved skills.

Jackie French AM – SVPACT Patron

Author, Historian, Ecologist, Honorary Wombat 
Senior Australian of the Year – 2015
Australian Children’s Laureate – 2014-15
Ambassador National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature

It takes a village to raise a child and it take a child to make a  village.

Download Jackie’s Paper
Presented to the SVPACT Annual General Meeting 17 February 2021.

It is never easy. it is always wonderful.