What do they do? Since 2004, the Pyjama Foundation has been providing support to children living in foster care around Australia. The organisation focuses on maintaining meaningful connections between volunteers and foster kids by organising weekly meetings that prioritise learning in fun, engaging ways. The ultimate goal is to help the 48,000 children in foster care around the country reach their academic potential, while providing social stability and mentoring in essential life skills.
What could you do for them? Become a Pyjama Angel. You’ll need to be able to commit to the program for at least 12 months, and it involves meeting up with your designated buddy once a week for one hour. You’ll be reading books together, helping them with homework and generally hanging out, talking about life and being a rad role model. Consistency in this kind of support role is key.
How do I sign up? There are a few steps and requirements in the volunteer application process. You’ll need to fill in the application form, be interviewed, complete a Working With Children check and then get in contact with your designated foster child’s carer to organise meet-ups. You’ll also need to be over 18, speak basic English and have basic literacy and numeracy skills. Having your own transport is helpful but not essential.