We offer volunteering opportunities throughout the year — here’s how to get involved and I’m also including some suggestions you can follow up on.
GETTING STARTED ON THE VOLUNTEERING JOURNEY WITH KIDS GIVING BACK – 2 easy steps
1. Like us on Facebook – this is our Hub where we post all opportunities https://www.facebook.com/KidsGivingBack.
2. Add your name to our mail list: sign up here
We are in fact a very small team so please note that when we are particularly busy we may not send out a mailing and all information can be found on our Facebook page.
We run programs for schools and we’d be happy to let you know more about these, or take a look here.
We also offer international volunteering for ages 9+ in Thailand and Cambodia for families, schools and community groups – please contact us for more information or look under the International tab on our website.
We look forward to having your child/ren and family volunteer with Kids Giving Back.
ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERING IDEAS
1. Bush regeneration in your local area is a great opportunity to work hands on, along with other community members – we encourage families to look on your local council’s website. Liverpool Council is just one example of a council with a very active bush regeneration program.
It’s also a good idea to get on the mailing list for Junior Landcare: http://www.juniorlandcare.com.au/
2. Kids going along with their parents doing Meals on Wheels in their area.
3. Kids, teens and parents can collect tinned food for the Exodus Foundation and parents can explain to their children that this is helping people who don’t have enough to eat. This is a great hands on way for young kids to give back, and if a few families do this together the kids will love it. Parents should speak to the Exodus Foundation and see how they can arrange a drop off together with the kids: http://www.exodusfoundation.org.au/donate/giftsinkind
4. Responsible Runners – take a look at their website, families can then head off to their nearest beach to collect rubbish – a bit of a treasure hunt http://responsiblerunners.org/find-a-clean-up You may want to start your own Responsible Runners Group for families and kids, or for teens. Give them a call and see if it’s something they’d like to promote.
5. Contact your local aged care home to see if you’d be able to come in with your children to visit their residents.
6. Volunteering at charity runs/races/sports events – another great activity for kids and parents to do together. There are a few websites that list upcoming charity runs – take a look at their volunteer needs and enquire what the minimum age is for a young person to accompany a volunteering adult. Lots of fun for all ages. Here’s a site we particularly like: http://charitydos.com.au/do-search/events
Enter ‘Athletic Event’ in the Category pull down menu on the right side of the page, as well as State to find charity runs in your area.
If you’re from a charity and would like to promote a way for children and families to volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details.