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School Volunteer Program

Your contribution as a Volunteer Mentor makes a difference in students’ lives through positive interaction and being a role model. The School Volunteer Program provides an excellent example of the positive impact caring members of the community can make. Mentoring is not a teaching program and Volunteer Mentors are not performing the functions of teachers’ aides. Formal qualifications are not necessary. There are three main skills required to be a successful Volunteer Mentor with the School Volunteer Program:

Patience - Volunteer Mentors demonstrate patience to help the student progress at their own pace. Patience is required to build positive relationships based on trust.

Empathy - Volunteer Mentors are encouraged to develop a friendly, unbiased understanding towards the challenges students may be faced with in their young lives.

Life Experience - Volunteer Mentors have the opportunity to share their life experiences. Wisdom and tolerance have proven to be essential ingredients in the success of the School Volunteer Program.

If you able to give one hour per week of your time to becoming a Volunteer Mentor or you would like to speak further about The School Volunteer Program please contact our friendly staff at the Tuart Hill Head Office on (08) 9444 8646, email svpwa@svp.org.au or visit their website www.svp.org.au/index.php?page=4

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