Meet our Team

Every member of our team is committed and focussed on the creation of opportunities for children to make authentic and meaningful contributions to their communities. We flourish when we put our minds together and we find inspiration in the people we work with and missions we support.

Our workplace is fun, dynamic and constantly firing with ideas, just the way we all like it!

At Kids Giving Back our values are translated into action every day. They are reflected in our programs, our interactions with our charity partners and our programs and in our decision making.

 

Our Chief Executive Officer:

ROBYN MONRO MILLER

Robyn’s earliest memory of volunteering was as a 7-year-old, organising a clean-up and revitalisation of the neglected school garden. From those early beginnings she went on to undertake many hours of volunteering through community competing Duke of Edinburgh Award programs and Queens Award. She has remained a passionate advocate for supporting and empowering children to participate in their local community and believes it fundamental to the development of child resilience and wellbeing being the key to successful, strong and sustainable communities of the future .

With qualifications in education, children’s services, community management and training Robyn has 30-years experience working with children and families across Education, children’s services, the community sector and government. Robyn has held representative leadership roles in children’s services at a state, national level and international level for the past 25 years.

In 2012 Robyn was part of the international delegation to the United Nations in Geneva to progress the development of the UN General Comment on Article 31 “The child’s right to play” and part of a second delegation to the UN in 2016 on children and the environment. She was elected to the voluntary role of President of the International Play Association (IPA) in 2017 and in doing so was the first Australian to hold that position in the 56 year history of the organisation.

A frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars across Australia, as well as internationally, she is a regular writer and media spokesperson on middle childhood. Her work as an advocate for children has been recognised with an array of awards including the awarding of a Commonwealth Centenary medal in 2001.

An alumni of the NSW Benevolent Society’s “Sydney Leadership” program she holds Fellowships with of the Australian Institute of Community Practice and Governance and the Australian College of Educators.

Since joining  Kids Giving Back in November 2018, Robyn has loved being part of a dynamic team increasing opportunities to engage more children within their community and to “give back” to children the same opportunities that she got volunteering as a child.

Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/robynmonromiller/

Twitter @rmonromiller

Our Leadership Team:

Administration

NADINE BEN-MAYOR 

Manager, Community Liaison.

Nadine is generally the first telephone contact many people have with Kids Giving Back! That sunny voice on the end of the line matches the personality we are so lucky to get to work with at Kids Giving Back.

After volunteering for a Kids Giving Back Cook4Good program with her daughter, Nadine was inspired by the work of the organisation and became a regular volunteer in 2015 before being recruited into a permanent role with the organisation in 2016. Having been part of Kids Giving Back since it was a tiny team of 3, Nadine has loved watching the organisation grow and develop.

With qualifications in Science and Interior design, Nadine has over 20 years experience in the events industry and 8 years with the Cancer Council of NSW.  Nadine is heavily relied on at Kids Giving Back for the logistics of running our programs and although busy behind the scenes organising all the program bookings, she gets immense satisfaction hearing how the programs have affected both those participating and the individuals in need

Program Delivery

REBECCA WADE

Manager, Programs and Learning.

Known to the team as simply “Bec”, Rebecca  has 25 years of experience working with children and families. Originally a youth worker, Rebecca has a long history in the Out of School Hours Care sector both as a service co-ordinator, presenter and trainer.

As Manager of Programs and Learning Rebecca is responsible for the co-ordinating the development and delivery of our suite of service learning and community programs. With her warmth and  enthusiasm for the making programs engaging and informative Rebecca works with a team of staff and volunteers to deliver over 400 programs per year.

Rebecca holds qualifications in Children’s Services and Community Development and is a qualified Workplace Assessor and Trainer. A proud Wiradjuri woman, Rebecca joined the team in March 2019 and has declared her job to the be the best in the world as she works with children, young people, families and charities to create the next generation of generosity.

ANDI SMITH

Co-ordinator, Program Resource and Support

Andi participated in dance concerts from a young age where she performed for people with disabilities as well as for elderly organisations and at the age of 15 she ran drama classes at a disability centre. Andi remember s feeling a sense of warmth knowing how much the recipients loved the concerts and classes and how happy it made them.  This feeling was something she always wanted her children to experience and when Kids Giving Back was born jumped at the opportunity to have her own kids involved from the inception!

Commencing as a volunteer and then our Charities Co-ordinator Andi now works in the program team  supporting Rebecca and ensuring our programs run smoothly and we can meet the needs of participants and our charity partners. Multi-tasking is Andi’s forte and we love the fact she enjoys excel spreadsheets like other people enjoy puzzles.

Supporters

CAROLE SCHLESSINGER  

Co-founder / Manager, Charitable Impact

Carole is passionate about providing kids with positive life experiences in order to create the next Generation of Generosity and this passion led to her becoming a co-founder of Kids Giving Back in 2012.

Prior to Kids Giving Back, Carole worked extensively in business and marketing working with the Australian Trade Commission and the World Education Program as well as running a successful small business.  With a degree in Commerce  she has consulted in cross cultural training and marketing and has lived and worked in Japan, Israel, Hong Kong and New York bringing that broad range of experiences and influences to her work at Kids Giving Back.

 As Manager of Charitable Impact Carole is the contact point for philanthropic organisations, corporations and donors who share the Kids Giving Back vision and want to share in our big, hairy audacious plans for creating The Next Generation of generosity while increasing the footprint of their social impact.

 Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroleschlessinger/?originalSubdomain=au

 

 



Connect4Good
April School Holiday Program 2020


8 great programs!

 

Kids Giving Back offers Connect4Good full and half day holiday programs for children of a variety of ages that provide a range of experiences for children and young people to undertake activities that will assist our most vulnerable members of the community.

All children and young people participating in our Connect4Good program become part of the Kids Giving Back team. Our programs are hard work – lots of activity and a lot of new information is learnt. Our “team members” spend the entire day giving back to others through undertaking activities that will assist vulnerable members of the community.

We encourage participants to bring plenty of snacks (nut free). Some programs have lunch provided but participants can bring lunch if they have dietary preferences as we are not able to cater for specific food requirements.

We ask that all children and young people wear closed in shoes for health and safety and their hair is tied back if participating in a cooking experience day.

For intergenerational events we respectfully request all children be vaccinated for MMR ( or advise us if not) and not experiencing any symptoms of an illness when they attend. This is to minimise risk to our elderly friends who often have vulnerable health.

 

 

PROGRAM 1

 

Helping Hands for the Homeless
for 8yrs+ (incl teens)

Tuesday 14th April & Thursday 23rd April 2020, Paddington  – 9:30am – 4:00pm 

Prepare and cook meals, sweet treats and breakfast packs for the homeless to assist people experiencing tough times. Helping to maintain their health and wellbeing.ple experiencing homelessness to maintain their health and wellbeing.

For more details and to book
Helping Hands for the Homeless

 

 

PROGRAM 2

 

Intergenerational - High Tea - Connect4Good

for 6yrs+

 

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, Paddington  – 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Our program will begin preparing morning tea for our special veteran visitors arrival. Kids will help serve High Tea and share stories! There will be fun games facilitated by Kids Giving Back for families and our guests to enjoy the morning and have a giggle!

For more details and to book
Intergenerational

 

PROGRAM 3

 

Clothes4Good
for 8yrs+ (adult required to attend)

 

Thursday April 16th, 2020, Paddington  – 9:30am – 12:00pm

Help provide dignity to those who need it most as you unpack and sort new clothing at the Thread Together warehouse.

For more details and to book
Clothes4Good

 

 

 

PROGRAM 4

Cook4Good for little people

for 6yrs+ (adult required to attend)

Thursday, 16th April, Paddington  – 2:00pm – 4:00pm 

A special NEW Cook4Good with our littlest people in the Kids Giving Back family. Help us prepare easy meals for our friends at Will2Live.

For more details and to book
Cook4Good for little people

 

 

 

PROGRAM 5

Cook4Good Street Kitchen

for yr 10-12 Year 10 – 12 students (age 15 – 18yrs)

Monday, 20th April 2020, Paddington – 4:00pm – 8:15pm
Prepare and distribute meals to the homeless at Central Railway.
This NEW program is a hands on, small group experience for Year 10 and above. We will spend the afternoon at our Paddington HUB preparing meals for people living rough on the streets and undertake an orientation to risk management procedures when helping homeless people. At 6pm, participants and two Kids Giving Back team members will travel by public transport to Central Railway where we will work directly with Will2Live volunteers, distributing meals to the homeless and serving hot drinks from 6:45pm - 7:45pm. We will conclude at 7:45pm and take public transport back to our Paddington HUB where parents can collect their teens. Parents also have the option to meet us at Central if they choose.

For more details and to book
Cook4Good Street Kitchen

 

PROGRAM 6

Connect4Good – First Aid & Care Kits

for yr 10-12 for 8yrs+ (incl teens)

 

Tuesday, 21st April 2020, Paddington – 9:30am – 4:00pm
This is a great opportunity to gain basic essential skills when faced with an emergency. Participants will learn how to recognise and respond to a number of situations. Cool Kids First Aid, will facilitate this age appropriate, fun course which is based on the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines.

For more details and to book
First Aid & Care Kits

 

PROGRAM 7

Connect4Good – Mini First Aid & Care Kits

for 6 - 8yrs+ (adult required to attend)

Tuesday, 21st April 2020, Paddington – 1:00pm – 4:00pm
This First Aid course is specifically designed for our young helpers aged 6yrs - 8yrs. Accompanied by an adult, children will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills required to manage an emergency situation effectively. This is a fun and interactive life saving session faciliated by Cool Kids First Aid.
The session will end with packing care kits which will be distributed to the homeless.

For more details and to book
Mini First Aid & Care Kits

 

PROGRAM 8

Connect4Good – ANZAC Appreciation

for 8yrs+ (incl teens)f

 

Friday, 24th April 2020, Paddington – 9:30am – 4:00pm
Our program will begin preparing special bonbonnieres and cooking sweet treats in preparation of our ANZAC Day luncheon with our Veterans. We will learn more about the experience of our elderly friends as they grew up and have the opportunity to hear their stories of life during the war years. Following lunch, we will walk to a nearby aged care home visiting and delivering our gifts. We will join them in lovely activities and conversation, helping them to commemorate Anzac Day.

For more details and to book
ANZAC Appreciation