Downturn in Volunteers Leads to Less Support for Local WA Youth


A recent downturn in volunteers applying to EdConnect Australia will lead to less guidance and support for our local Western Australian youth.

EdConnect Australia volunteers play a vital role in supporting students throughout WA currently supporting 700  volunteers, 173 school representatives and a massive 9,000 students throughout WA schools.

EdConnect Australia Chief Executive Officer Gerri Clay speaks to the declining number of volunteers in schools.

“The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in significant disruption to volunteering in schools. Our 2021 Impact Statement showed that there was some disruption for around half of all volunteers in 2021,” she said.

“Although this impact was primarily felt in Victoria, WA has been affected more heavily in 2022 and we are yet to grasp the full impact.”

“We believe there are several factors causing people to become reluctant to volunteer including the impact of the pandemic, loss of confidence and becoming more risk adverse to health conditions,” she said.

“This decline has caused that the demand from schools for volunteers providing one-one-one mentoring or learning support to a full classroom being unable to be met, highlighting the potential risk of teacher fatigue and leaving them feeling overwhelmed.”

Western Australian students are missing out, offered with less support and guidance to help them achieve academically, emotionally and socially.

Joyce Michael, School Volunteer and Mentor Program Coordinator at Lynwood Senior High School speaks to the downturn in numbers.

“I can talk first hand to the impact that Covid-19 has made to the volunteer program in our school. 30% of my volunteers no longer attend as they have been directly impacted by Covid and a further 20% have been impacted by isolation requirements for themselves or family members,” she said.

“This decline in participation has had a real impact on the program,” said Joyce.

The EdConnect program trains and supports volunteers to work in local schools, providing a safety net for young people who might otherwise struggle to realise their potential – in school and life.

Gerri says now is the time to volunteer.

“More than ever, this is the year to give back and support your community. Volunteering at a local school can provide community connections and enable volunteers to use their own life skills to help students and teachers bounce back after the disruptions we have had,” said Gerri.

To express interest in volunteering, contact EdConnect Australia on or call 1800 668 550.

For more information:

Gerri Clay
CEO | EdConnect Australia
T 1800 668 550 | M 0407 201 848 | E
Available: Mon-Thurs

Rachel Crisp
Communications Advisor| EdConnect Australia
T 1800 668 550| E |
Available: Tues, Wed