Mercy Connect

Mercy Connect

For students adjusting to a new language, different social rules and educational practices, school can be a daunting place. Launched in 2008, Mercy Connect is our largest volunteer program. It recruits, trains and supports volunteers to assist school students and their families settle in Australia. After training, the volunteers offer guidance to students as they settle into the Australian school system. They provide support that nurtures well-being and self-esteem and improves students’ literacy & numeracy skills, communication workshops and adult education.

Our volunteers have a background in school education with many being ex-teachers. Volunteers work with the refugee students, from K-12, for a minimum of a half day per week. Being placed in a school after lengthy periods in a camp or a place of refuge can be a very stressful time for these young people who can often feel isolation and anxiety as they try to settle into a new culture and school system. The volunteer’s prime responsibility is to mentor these students so that students’ self-esteem is nurtured and they feel comfortable in their new environment. Volunteers complement teachers’ tasks by providing reading, writing and numeracy supported and other relevant instructions and assisting with assessment tasks.

Our volunteers receive on-going support with training sessions throughout the year. This gives them an opportunity to get together, share their experiences and lift their own skills in providing support.

We have five Mercy Connect Projects across Australia:

 

Sydney Learn More

Mercy Connect Sydney

Running since 2008, Mercy Connect Sydney currently has 67 volunteers and operates in 31 Primary, Secondary, Catholic and Government schools, assisting more than 450 students from a refugee background by providing literacy and numeracy during class time.

If you’re passionate about helping refugees and have experience working in a school setting, consider volunteering for Mercy Connect Sydney.

Each volunteer is assigned to work with an individual or small group of refugee students in a school.

You’ll play a role in overcoming racism in Australia and in breaking down cross-cultural barriers.

You’ll meet new people, share ideas and receive ongoing support from the Project Co-ordinator, In-school Co-ordinator and other volunteers.

Click here for an application form or more information on volunteering for Mercy Connect Sydney.

To donate or speak to our Mercy Connect Sydney Coordinator, please call Jennie on 02 95641911 or send an email to jennie.ryan@mercy.org.au

Melbourne Learn More

Mercy Connect Melbourne:

Launched in November 2011, Mercy Connect Melbourne has 150 volunteers and operates in 53 Primary, Secondary Catholic and Government Schools supporting more than 595 students of a refugee background by providing literacy and numeracy support during class time. The program also runs three adult literacy programs supporting more than 150 adults from a humanitarian background.

If you’re passionate about helping refugees and have experience working in a school setting, consider volunteering for Mercy Connect Melbourne.

You’ll play a role in overcoming racism in Australia and in breaking down cross-cultural barriers.

You’ll meet new people, share ideas and receive ongoing support from the Project Co-ordinator, In-school Co-ordinator and other volunteers.

Click here for an application form or more information on volunteering for Mercy Connect Melbourne.

To donate or speak to our Mercy Connect Melbourne Coordinator, please call Mary on 03 9326 1895 or send an email to somml@bigpond.com

Ballarat Learn More

Mercy Connect Ballarat:

Launched in 2012, Mercy Connect Ballarat has over 30 volunteers working in 10 primary and secondary schools supporting over 28 students of a refugee background by providing literacy and numeracy support during class time.

If you’re passionate about helping refugees and have experience working in a school setting, consider volunteering for Mercy Connect Ballarat.

You’ll play a role in overcoming racism in Australia and in breaking down cross-cultural barriers.

You’ll meet new people, share ideas and receive ongoing support from the Project Co-ordinator, In-school Co-ordinator and other volunteers.

Click here for an application form or more information on volunteering for Mercy Connect Ballarat.

To donate or speak to our Mercy Connect Ballarat Coordinator, please call Donna on 0417 624 330 or send an email to mercyconnectb@gmail.com

Bendigo Learn More

Mercy Connect Bendigo:

Launched in 2019, Mercy Connect Bendigo is slowly working to build their volunteer base. Their aim is to provide support to the growing refugee population within Bendigo by providing literacy and numeracy support during class time.

If you’re passionate about helping refugees and have experience working in a school setting, consider volunteering for Mercy Connect Bendigo.

You’ll play a role in overcoming racism in Australia and in breaking down cross-cultural barriers.

You’ll meet new people, share ideas and receive ongoing support from the Project Co-ordinator, In-school Co-ordinator and other volunteers.

Click here for an application form or more information on volunteering for Mercy Connect Bendigo.

To donate or speak to our Mercy Connect Bendigo Coordinator, please call Donna on 0417 624 330 or send an email to mercyconnectb@gmail.com

Perth Learn More

Mercy Connect Perth:

Launched in 2015, Mercy Connect Perth currently has 55 volunteers assisting more than 325 students in 22 schools. The project also runs a parent club for the parents of students supported in the project. For more information or to volunteer for the Mercy Connect Perth Project contact Jennifer on (08) 9328 6991 or email mercyconnectp@mercy.org.au

If you’re passionate about helping refugees and have experience working in a school setting, consider volunteering for Mercy Connect Perth.

You’ll play a role in overcoming racism in Australia and in breaking down cross-cultural barriers.

You’ll meet new people, share ideas and receive ongoing support from the Project Co-ordinator, In-school Co-ordinator and other volunteers.

Click here for an application form or more information on volunteering for Mercy Connect Perth.

To donate or speak to our Mercy Connect Perth Coordinator, please call Jennifer on (08) 9328 6991 or send an email to mercyconnectp@mercy.org.au

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