13 May 2020

With National Volunteer Week (18-24 May) coming up next week and students transitioning back into the classroom from the 26th May, EdConnect says there has never been a more important time to secure volunteer support in our local schools.

EdConnect Western Region liaison officer Rhonda Velkovski said disruptions to the school year and to all aspects of our day-to-day life mean the extra help volunteers can give students will be more valuable than ever.

While the COVID-19 pandemic means EdConnect volunteers are unable to attend school at present, the not-for-profit organisation is using the time to recruit and upskill volunteers in readiness for their return.

“We’re looking for people to register their interest in volunteering online, so we can ensure they’re screened and trained in time with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions,” Ms Velkovski said.

“EdConnect volunteers are amazing, they give their time, they are patient and caring and with as little as an hour a week, they make a real difference.

“The disruptions to schooling this year will mean some students are going to need extra one-on-one support.”

Screened and trained EdConnect volunteers provide one-on-one support that assists students to develop confidence, resilience and self-esteem, which in turn boosts their engagement and enjoyment at school.

Last year, around 100 EdConnect volunteers from the western region provided more than 270 hours of support each week helping over 1,500 students with mentoring or learning support.

“EdConnect has been able to transition to a fully online process for new applicants that will hopefully increase our numbers in readiness for the time volunteers can attend school again as we know they will be needed and appreciated,” Karen said. For more information about the EdConnect volunteering opportunities see www.edconnect.org.au or contact edconnect@edconnect.org.au 1800 668 550