Edmund Rice Community & Refugee Services
Phone: 03 9366 6436
Email: refugees.vic@edmundrice.org
121 - 179 Greigs Rd, Truganina VIC 3029
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' . Presentation to Edmund Rice Community & Refugee Services . '
10-09-2015
Presentation to Edmund Rice Community & Refugee Services
' . ERCRS Annual Volunteers´ Dinner . '
10-09-2015
ERCRS Annual Volunteers' Dinner
' . Child Protection Training II . '
08-09-2015
Child Protection Training II

Tutors

Volunteer Tutors  at  Edmund Rice Community & Refugee Services

ERCRS relies heavily on its strong network of volunteer tutors to not only provide much needed literacy and numeracy support to the students who access our services, but also to be positive, respectful, willing role models and guides.   These volunteers, who come from a wide cross-section of the community, allow us to provide valuable one-on-one tutoring support that gives individual attention to each student, and a targeted approach to each student’s learning needs.   It is inspiring to witness the growing relationship of trust and confidence that often develops over time between the student and the tutor, and many of the volunteers acknowledge that it is very much an experience of mutual learning and understanding.

In order to operate successfully with a 1:1 ratio of tutor to student, the program relies heavily on the generosity, skill and good will of our many volunteers.   These volunteers do so much more than simply helping students to improve in their English, Mathematics and other subjects, important as these aspects are.   By virtue of their commitment, patience, understanding and good humour, the tutors are able to build safe, trusting relationships with the students, which is the fertile ground that allows the growing self-confidence, self-esteem and sense of worth of the students to blossom.  ERCRS is deeply indebted to the wonderful cohort of volunteers who share the Edmund Rice vision with us.    These volunteers come from all avenues of society, some being present or former school teachers, others currently working in a variety of professions, some still engaged in their university studies, while others nearing the finish of their active working careers find great satisfaction in sharing their acquired knowledge and skills.   The continuing support we receive from several secondary schools that allow their senior students (Years 10 – 12) to act as tutors and mentors to the primary school children who attend the learning sessions,   is extremely valuable and very much appreciated by ERCRS.   These secondary student volunteers (peer tutors) are wonderful role models in the manner in which they engage with the children, show how they themselves value learning, and how we can all access opportunities to share our skills and talents with others.  

People who wish to become volunteer tutors, are encouraged to contact the ERCRS office to register for an induction session.  At this session, an explanation is given to outline all the options for volunteering, and the requirements that are necessary.   On-going training and support is offered to all volunteers in order to improve the quality of the tutoring experience.

 

Resources for tutors

Here are some online resources to aid you in working with your student in our learning support programs;

Click here to browse through the very useful tutor resources compiled by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), the peak body working with young people of a migrant and refugee background in Victoria. 

Click here to read an info sheet on 'Tips for improving students' literacy skills'. This is mainly for tutors who are working with primary students, however it can be useful for anyone working with a student of a refugee or migrant background. 

Around eighty percent of the students in our learning support programs are of a Sudanese background. Click here to read an information sheet on education and students of a refugee background from South Sudan.

Click here to check out the ABC Splash Home page, an excellent resource for tutors working with primary and/or secondary students. It contains educational videos, games and fact sheets for students from early primary to middle secondary years (year 10).

Click here to visit a great hub of educational games and activities for primary and secondary students, put together by the State Government's Department of Education & Early Childhood Development (DEECD). 

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Here's a great quote from John Marsden, Author and Principal of Candlebark College, about the power and importance of developing language skills;

"Language is the most powerful tool that humans have. People who can use language fluently and confidently, to good effect, creatively when appropriate, are taking a giant step forward in their quest to become successful adults. Everyone needs to be able to communicate their feelings, express their opinions, explore their thoughts, argue their case, sing their soul; in short, to use their own voices, and to convey a sense of themselves to others." 

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