School in need of more vol­un­teers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Kensington Belmont -

BEL­MONT has ex­pe­ri­enced a short­age of vol­un­teers in schools for more than a year.

Mal­colm Deery is a vol­un­teer at Bel­mont City Col­lege, help­ing stu­dents with their home­work.

He takes an hour a week from his busy role as gen­eral man­ager of Pro­grammed in Bur­swood to support the school’s home­work club as part of its vol­un­teer pro­gram.

The School Vol­un­teer Pro­gram co-or­di­nates the work of more than 1000 vol­un­teers in 200 schools in the State.

Mr Deery said he started vol­un­teer­ing be­cause it was im­por­tant to have a sense of com­mu­nity.

“A sense of com­mu­nity for me, means that you add some value to those around you.”

Kathy War­ren, from Bel­mont City Col­lege, said the home­work club helped build rap­port with great role mod­els in the area and the pro­gram had been so popular it had in­creased from six par­tic­i­pants to 55.

In­di­vid­u­als or or­gan­i­sa­tions in­ter­ested in be­com­ing in­volved can call 9444 8646 or svpwa@svp.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Home­work club vol­un­teer Mal­colm Deery (May­lands) with Year 11 stu­dents Visura Fer­nando and Leoj Hec­tor.

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