- Location: Engadine NSW
- Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
- Category: Migrant Services
- People with disability
- Skilled Volunteers
- Centrelink Volunteers
- Wheelchair Access
Type of work
- Education & Training
- Translating & Interpreting
- Tutoring & Coaching
Program specific training.
Relevant activity costs
- Working with Children Check *
- National Police Certificate *
Interest in meeting people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Good communication skills, commitment and reliability.
* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
The Community Friends program matches established residents with refugees and newly arrived migrants to Australia. Established residents are trained as mentors to build supportive relationships with recent migrants to overcome barriers to settlement into Australia. The mentor relationship works to demystify Australian culture, norms and processes, helping migrants to build a satisfying and meaningful life. The relationship is supervised by the Community Friends project worker for six months. After this period you can continue your relationship unsupervised, be allocated a newly arrived migrant or leave the program. The program also has limited funding to give recent migrants the opportunity to participate in community sports and activities.
The project aims to create a database of mentors that has a known range of skills within it to meet recent migrant needs and allow mutually beneficial, trusting relationships between newly arrived migrants and mentors to develop. The relationship will provide practical support, social participation and engagement. The scope for the nature of the relationship will be broad allowing each to be unique. The time spent together may focus on general or specific skills and knowledge and/or recreational or sporting activities. All activities will have the additional benefit of providing opportunities to increase English language proficiency.
Please note that it may take some time to match you with a "New Friend". The program is designed so that when a recent migrant requests a mentor we can quickly match them with someone who is fully trained and ready to work with them. We recruit year round and our mandatory introductory training occurs quarterl