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Work Experience & Volunteering

Campion students are encouraged to undertake work experience and volunteering throughout their undergraduate years. Such opportunities are integral to the development of professional skills and workplace confidence.

Students are encouraged to seek out their own opportunities in addition to those recommended by the Student Life & Alumni Relations Officer. Please see below for further details and contact Sr M Luka if you have any queries.

 

HOT TIP: Any volunteering involving families and youth requires a Working With Children Check (WWCC). Please click here to visit the Service NSW website for more information. Students originally from outside NSW who have clearance to work with children in their home state will need to obtain a NSW WWCC. 

 

Volunteer opportunities at Santa Sophia Catholic College

Santa Sophia Catholic College invites  Campion College students who are interested in making a difference in the lives of young people to volunteer their time at the school. Santa Sophia Catholic College  provides a Christ centred environment, aimed at educating the whole child, and helping students to be people of true wisdom through faith, hope and love.  Based on leading educational research and the best of today’s technologies, the school prepares students for the workplace of the future by teaching them how to think critically and creatively, how to communicate effectively and how to work collaboratively. 

Currently Santa Sophia Catholic College has students in Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. The primary school is based at Our Lady of the Angels Rouse Hill Parish and the Secondary school is based at 85 Hambledon Road Schofields. Both of these campuses are temporary until September 2021, when the permanent school site will be ready for students in Box Hill.  

Opportunities to volunteer might include but are not limited to: 

  • Assisting students in the primary Religious Education classes (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) 
  • Assisting students in Literacy, Mathematics, History, Science Geography, Visual Arts classes 
  • Help develop and implement a virtues program for Kindergarten and Year One students 
  • Play sports with the primary students 
  • Assist in the Religious Education program for secondary students 
  • Help lead some small groups sessions with the boys and girls (virtues program for secondary students) 
  • Assist in the secondary classroom for subjects of your choice (English, Mathematics, History, Visual Arts, Sports, Italian, Science, Psychology. Youth Ministry, Technology) 
  • Help supervise students at recess and lunch  
  • Assist in teaching music and providing tutoring to students wanting to learn strings instruments and piano  

If you are interested in this wonderful volunteering opportunity, please contact Stephanie Campanale, Partnerships and Pathways Coach, on ssudzina@parra.catholic.edu.au or 0420653626.

Volunteer opportunities at the Jesuit Refugee Service

Jesuit Refugee Service‘s (JRS) mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees, people seeking asylum and forcibly displaced people.

JRS supports more than 3,800 people per year through our Centre in Westmead and Women’s Space in Parramatta. Our programs include: specialist casework support, employment support, food bank, emergency relief, English classes, legal surgeries, community activities such as gardening, youth group, cooking together, yoga, etc and a women’s only space to support women seeking protection survivors or at risk of SGBV. During the COVID -19 crisis many of the people we support have lost their jobs in the casual sector and are not able to secure food, buy life-saving medicines or pay the rent. Many are in a situation of hunger and destitution. People seeking protection and migrants in vulnerable situations have been excluded from JobKeeper and JobSeeker and therefore don’t get government support and are relying on charities such as JRS. Demand for JRS’ services has increased by more than 224% and we are directly providing food to around 800 people per week with the help of amazing volunteers.

There are several volunteer roles involved in supporting the food bank and food deliveries:

Delivery Drivers:
If you have access to a vehicle then one option is to help us as a volunteer delivery driver. The process involves collecting pre-packaged food parcels from Westmead and a list of drop- off points for the day. Each driver will make approximately 10 – 15 deliveries per day in one area. Delivery days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during business hours. We have developed a protocol to ensure no contact is made with clients during delivery in order to reduce risk.

Food Collection:
A second option if you have access to a vehicle is food collection. Each week we are lucky enough to receive donated food from Foodbank NSW, Harris Farm and SecondBite, but we need volunteers to collect it for us. Foodbank NSW Collection and Harris Farm collection take place every week on Monday and Wednesday, and Second Bite Collection takes place every week on Tuesday. The food is collected from the relevant location and then delivered to our centre in Westmead.

Food packers:
We also need assistance making up parcels of food to be delivered by our delivery drivers. The food packing takes place at Arrupe Place in Westmead from Monday to Thursday, and our food packing volunteers usually do half a day, either 9am – 1pm, or 1pm – 5pm.

Dispatch Coordinators:
This involves being the communication point between drivers and clients. Our dispatch volunteers are given the list of deliveries for the day, the driver calls the dispatch volunteer when they have made a delivery and then the dispatch volunteer calls the client to let them know their food is outside for collection, and makes sure that they receive it.

NOTE: All volunteers are required to have a Working With Children Check from Service NSW, and at the moment we are not able to accept volunteers in any of the ‘at risk’ categories – those who are over 70 or have a chronic illness.

Please contact Jane Turner at jane.turner@jrs.org.au if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or for further information.

Volunteer opportunities at the St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society, fondly known as Vinnies, is a volunteer-driven organisation transforming the lives of Australians facing disadvantage and hardship for 165 years. Every day, Vinnies gives a ‘hand up’ to Australians experiencing poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, disabilities, illness and addiction. Vinnies speaks out on behalf of those who are marginalised, working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

Admin Support Volunteer at Vinnies Community Support Centres

Vinnies Community Support Officers are looking for people with a sense of social justice to provide services to support people to achieve stability in their lives through empowerment and self-determination. It’s an excellent way to be introduced to the core work of the St Vincent de Paul Society and to meet the people we assist.

You need to be over 18yrs; welcoming and friendly; have good communication skills; basic literacy and writing skills; willing to develop new skills; basic knowledge of office procedures; able to communicate with people with a diverse range of issues; and are reliable and committed to the role. You must abide by a strict sense of confidentiality, be able to work well with staff and Members and be willing to follow directives, including abiding by all COVID-19 policies and procedures.

Tasks include greeting clients; general reception and phone skill duties; booking appointments; data entry; and other ad-hoc administrative duties. Days, hours and frequency of volunteering is flexible and dependent on location. For more information, please contact:

Kate Conroy
Membership, Volunteers and Regional Operations Metropolitan
0478 180 235 | Kate.Conroy@vinnies.org.au

 

Night Patrol

Please contact Sr M Luka if you are interested in joining a Night Patrol Team feeding the homeless in 2021. You will be required to obtain a NSW Working With Children Check and complete online training. Once you are a team member you are eligible for a place on the bus. However, spots are limited each week.

Volunteer opportunities at Diamond Women

Diamond Women is a not-for-profit organisation run by a group of compassionate and caring individuals that seek to provide help and support to women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Please contact Jennifer Gurry on jenny@diamondwomen.com.au for a volunteer application form where you will be assessed in terms of your skills and can select various volunteering activities.

Internship opportunity at Collappor8

Collappor8 – Business Redesigned is a one-stop-shop for businesses that need a strategy, and people to execute those strategies. Their areas of practice include:

  • Strategy & Corporate Finance
  • Accounting
  • Customers & Marketing
  • Operations
  • Business Interiors
  • People and Culture

 

Internship Opportunity

Are you interested in getting an insight into PR and Communications, and keen to learn about various writing and marketing styles for social media & website content? If yes, then apply for an internship at
Collappor8 Business Consultants who value ethical principles, are assisting charities and non-for-profit organisations, and could potentially offer you a 1 day/week part-time job while you study in 2021.

Internship details

  • Weekly commitment: 2 days per week over the summer break (most likely Mondays & Wednesdays 9-5pm)
  • Location: 25 Restwell St, Bankstown NSW 2200
  • Limited places, so register your interest ASAP

Contact Sr M Luka for further information.