No. For people volunteering in schools with SVPACT there is no charge for the WWVP Card. You will need to declare on the application that you intend to volunteer with SVPACT.
You can apply to Access Canberra for this online by clicking. Working with Vulnerable People Card
Yes. It gives you the opportunity to find out how the program works, to meet other mentors and to ask questions. We also explain the boundaries of our program and how being a mentor is different to being a teacher’s assistant.
The course prepares you for the important role of being a professional and compassionate mentor.
We usually run these events at the start of semester 1 and Semester 2. To see the Next Mentor Orientation Seminar. Go to Events
- Ask the School Coordinator to add you to the database to receive the school e-Newsletter. All ACT schools send a regular email Newsletter out to parents and carers.
- Look at the school website. Most schools enable you to read the latest Newsletter online.
- Send an email to the teacher of the child requesting that she keeps you informed.
- Send a text to the teacher in the morning before you leave home. For example: Is XX at school? Can you please text me if XX is absent today?
In each School there should be a School Coordinator who manages the volunteers and liaises between the volunteer and the teacher. Make a time to have a chat with them about your concerns.
Our SVPACT Mentor Coordinators and their contact details are listed below by regions .
Nola Shoring – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile – 0434 537 555
Belconnen and Central Canberra
Anne Simpson – Email: Annerobs11@gmail.com
Mobile – 0402 344 042
South Canberra and Tuggeranong
Monica Pflaum – Email email@example.com
Mobile – 414 510 556
You are always welcome to contact one of them to discuss your concerns.
No. You just need to be reliable, caring and prepared to make a commitment of at least one hour per week, to meet with a student at their school. We want you to commit for at least two school terms. The impact of your efforts increases as you have more interaction with your student.
Your role is not to teach or to assist the teacher. Your role is to build a relationship with a student, so that they gain confidence and develop skills and strategies, to help them to succeed at school.
Most of our volunteers are retirees and we know that they enjoy travelling. Our program operates in school terms so if it is possible to take holidays during school holidays that is ideal. However, once you have established a relationship with the student that you are mentoring it is not a problem is you let them know that you will be away for a few weeks travelling.
Please let the SVPACT Coordinator, your School Coordinator and the student that you work with, know in advance.
- We need to ensure that young people receiving our services are safeguarded and supported.
- Our screening processes are also in keeping with current legislation and best practice standards in our industry.
- Working with children is an important role and not suitable for everyone. Only those with the necessary aptitude, communication skills and ability and who come to us with high quality references are eligible after we undertake WWWVP and police check.