We inspire older generations to inspire the next.
Our work raises literacy and numeracy standards, and also equips young people with the life skills they need. We enhance student’s wellbeing and enrich the community by enabling people of all ages to help each other. We provide support so that everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential – in school, in life, in society.
*We’re the only national charity in Australia with this unique focus and purpose
*Whatever stage of life you’re at, we all have the potential to do good – to make a difference
*It’s our aim to unleash this potential for the greater good across Australia
WHAT VOLUNTEERS SAY
“I think EdConnect adds considerable and far-reaching VALUE to the community – it not only benefits schools and their students by providing skilled, retiree volunteers with a wealth of experience in their respective fields to help students, it also keeps the volunteers engaged directly with the community. I feel this is very important for self-worth and self-morale.
This volunteering opportunity has impacted on my life greatly, having returned in 2015 from living in Asia for 44 years. EdConnect has provided me with a sense of PURPOSE and kept me involved with the young, and the workforce. The support staff at EdConnect have always been helpful, engaging and supportive in my role. ”
-Geelong Volunteer, Dierdre Moss
“This year I am mentoring and helping two students on a regular basis; a nine year old and an eleven year old. I help these students in their assignments and their hobbies. We play games, we make things, but most importantly we talk about their interests, their fears and their frustrations seeing their mums and dads living apart with all the complications these situations give rise to. I have earned their trust and as we go along I hope I can make a positive contribution to their future.
In turn these kids have filled a deep hole in my life having lost my only two sons. As I attempt to find meaning in my “golden years”, my contribution to these kids, many from broken and seriously problematic backgrounds, is a tangible way of contributing something to very young members of our community who are suffering through no fault of theirs.
It is very sad when a ten year old talks about anxiety, anger, depression and tells you she wants to die. This is where our vast experience of life can gently come to the rescue.
I highly recommend becoming a volunteer with EdConnect
-Reno Demicoli – 72 years old