Vinnies lights sparks with refugee children

In the lead up to Refugee Week later this month, the Parramatta Society of St Vincent de Paul is recruiting volunteers for its "Bright Sparks" and "Little Sparks" English and homework programs for refugee children and their families.

The St Vincent de Paul Society wants volunteers to help activate a new program called SPARK, which is an acronym for St Vincent de Paul Society Assisting Refugee Kids.

According to the Society's media statement yesterday, the initiative aims to provide refugee children and their families with community support through primary schools. It will run at three Catholic primary schools in the Parramatta region in Sydney's west.

The Society is currently recruiting and training volunteers from high schools, universities and the local community to assist with three SPARK programs that will run concurrently, once a week at each school.

The first program, "Bright Sparks", is a homework club for children in Year 3 to 6 will provide academic and general English support for the students.

"Little Sparks" is a program designed for younger pre-school to Year 2 children. It aims to provide an opportunity to experience and play in a school environment and learn about playing, sharing and rules.

The third initiative is a Parents group for adult volunteers and teachers who will provide general English and practical lessons for refugee parents.

The statement says the volunteer work is approximately 1.5 hours a week for 7 weeks during Term 4 from 23 October to 14 December.

Refugee Week, coordinated in NSW and Victoria by the Refugee Council of Australia, runs from 22 to 28 October.

Vinnies calls for volunteers to help support refugee children and their families (Vinnies, Media Release, 6/10/06)

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13 Oct 2006