Volunteers are needed for the four Midland-based learning clubs, which aim to support about 100 local students this year – a number which will grow as more volunteers are recruited.
The clubs provide safe environments for disadvantaged students to carry out their homework and receive other learning support.
For Ivy Crowe (9), who attends the Clayton View Primary School, the assistance has been invaluable.
“I like the games and maths and it’s made it more exciting to learn maths because its fun,” she said.
“Now I can do my times tables in a fun way.”
For her mother Debra, Ivy’s confidence is the greatest difference she has seen since the learning club.
“She is more likely to respond to questions from the teacher and is more willing to engage in maths learning at home with the family,” she said.
The Smith Family’s general manager, Lorna Woodley, urged anyone interested in education to consider signing up as a volunteer tutor.
“Volunteer tutors play a vital role in learning clubs by donating their time and expertise to support students with their homework, confidence and general literacy skills,” she said.
“We are asking members of the community to consider putting their hands up for one hour per week during school terms.
“It’s a relatively small time commitment – everyone from university students to retirees is encouraged to consider becoming involved.
“Members of the public suited to volunteering in the role of learning club tutor are patient, enthusiastic and able to relate to students, in addition to being good listeners and communicators.
“Volunteers don’t need to have any background in teaching or be experts in curriculum areas, and we’ll provide them with training and support.”
Volunteers must complete a selection process with The Smith Family before starting. For more, visit www.thesmithfamily.com.au.