Volunteer Assistant- Wandering Books

The Western Sydney MRC (WSMRC) is a community based non-profit organisation established to actively and directly relieve the situation of immigrants and refugees whose social condition renders them disadvantaged.

The WSMRC) works with refugees and migrants, including second generations, where their social conditions render them disadvantaged, and to help them take part in their local community life. The WSMRC has a strong ethics base and is committed to working to ensure that capacity is built with individuals, families and communities.

The WSMRC is seeking Arabic-speaking volunteers to assist in the running of the Wandering Books program,. The program runs in local schools and aims to build bilingual literacy among newly arrived parents and children and encourage social cohesion and community. The role will require volunteers to attend Marsden Road Public School from 1:30-4:30pm on Tuesdays, starting Tuesday 8 May and finishing Tuesday 26 June. Duties may include:

  • Setting up the space and welcoming participants;
  • Assisting staff in the delivery of the program;
  • Engaging with children and parents to ensure everyone is comfortable; and
  • Translating and interpreting between Arabic and English.

What we are looking for:

  • Candidates who currently have/are completing qualifications in childcare or teaching, or who have relevant experience;
  • Candidates who enjoy working with families and children;
  • Candidates experienced in working with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds;
  • Candidates confident in both Arabic and English.

This role will report to the Children’s Programs Coordinator and work directly with WSMRC clients and community stakeholders.

All applications are to be addressed to the Volunteer Coordinator and emailed to volunteers@wsmrc.org.au with the subject line Volunteer Assistant: Wandering Books or mailed to: PO Box 435, Liverpool, NSW 2170. Please provide a brief letter of application and at least one reference. Your letter of application should provide details of:

  1. Your reasons for applying;
  2. Your teaching/childcare qualifications, or relevant experience;
  3. Your experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and
  4. Your experience working with children and families.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a valid Working with Children Check and a clear NSW/Federal Police Check and meet all compliance requirements according to WSMRC policies as provided. All volunteers will be required to attend one training and induction session, held at the WSMRC on a regular basis, and undertake on-the-job training with their supervisor.

For further information and questions please contact Jennifer McLean, Volunteer Coordinator, on 02 8778 1218.

Please be aware that this is a voluntary role and as such, the volunteer is not an employee of the WSMRC. The WSMRC does not provide volunteers with:

  • Monetary allowances or remuneration for volunteer role