ANY ADULT CAN BE A HU4K VOLUNTEER
HANDS UP 4 KIDS can and is making a difference to the life's chances of huge numbers of young children, giving them an opportunity to achieve their academic and social potential.

ANY ADULT CAN BE A HU4K VOLUNTEER

What makes HU4K different from other reading support programs?

HU4K program has been developed by a community group and schools in the greater Bunbury area working in partnership. Together they determine and review all aspects of the program with HU4K recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers and the schools assigning staff to take responsibility for all in-school aspects. Volunteers are really valued and welcomed as part of the school team. No training required and freedom to nominate days of attendance and other flexible arrangements make this an ideal program for the busy, or the not-so-busy volunteer

Can I choose which school to volunteer at?

Yes you can, However HU4K usually places you in the U4K school in your on your neighbourhood or community

What happens if HU4K does not operate at my local school?

HU4K Regional Coordinator will, with your agreement, place you at a HU4K school and when your local school commences as a HU4K school you will have the choice to change schools or remain here you are

Do I need to have a teaching background or teaching experience?

No you do not. You just need to like children and be able to read.

What training courses do I need to attend before I start?

No training is required. HU4K volunteers work under the supervision and at the direction of the Literacy Specialist or assigned teacher.

It’s a long time since I had anything to do with young children, will I be OK as a HU4K reading volunteer?

You will be introduced to your school volunteer team who will help and guide you while you gain confidence and feel happy to work with the children on your own

Do HU4K volunteers work with individual students or with small groups of children?

Volunteers spend time with just one student at a time and may hear 4-5 students read aloud in the hour, from their current class book.

What age or class level will I be working with?

HU4K School Liaison staff places each volunteer with children with the greatest need – usually in the lower grades. They also consider what best suits each volunteer

What if a child refuses to read with me?

HU4K provides tips for helping young students read and our reading Volunteers report these are working well.

What if I want to go away on holidays or have to be absent from my school team for a few weeks?

HU4K is set up to incorporate this – in fact, it is expected that you will keep up your regular personal and family commitments. You just need to give plenty of notice if possible.

What if I think the book is too hard (or too easy) for the child?

You report this to the Class Teacher or leave a message in the HU4K Record Book

I don’t have my own transport – can someone help with this?

We may be able to arrange for a volunteer from your school team to pick you up and drop you home if you are attending at the same times

What if a child is naughty during our reading time?

You send him/her straight back to the classroom where the Class Teacher will deal with this. You then proceed with your next child.

I don’t have Working With Children Check – do I have to have one of these?

Yes. It is compulsory for everyone working with children to have a current WWC, (even teachers)

I have a Working With Children Check which I obtained for another organisation – do I need to get another?

No. Your WWC registration is for 3 years and is applicable to any situation where you will be working with children other than your own.

What if my children attend the school where I will be part of the HU4K Team – do I still need a WWC certificate?

Yes, you do.

Can I join HU4K at the school my children attend?

Yes, but you will be placed in a class where you help other children, not your own.

Do I have to attend the Networking Social activities?

No, these are not compulsory, but most volunteers come along to share their stories about “:their children” and get to now other HU4K volunteers. They’re very informal gatherings over a cuppa. Networking functions are usually for 1 to 2 hours in the morning or afternoon hosted by various school volunteer teams and school staff.

Do I have to sign on for the full year?

No, you determine the length of time you wish to be involved and of course you’ll be welcome

If I am not keen on becoming a reading support volunteer, are there other ways I can become involved?

HANDS UP 4 KIDS has lots of ways you can become involved in helping kids read to succeed – things like helping with administrative tasks or fund raising projects, coordinating volunteer social networking events, publicity and helping out at promotional activities in shopping centres and speaking to clubs and even helping with suburban letter box drops
Talk to our Volunteer Coordinator and let he know what are you looking for?

Will I be covered by any insurance in my HU4K volunteer role?

Yes you will – by HU4K Volunteer Insurances when representing HU4K outside the school grounds and by the Schools Policies as soon as you enter the school-grounds. Of course, your regular 3rd party Insurance cover applies while travelling between your home to your HU4K partner school.

Are there “rules” I should be aware of when with the children?

Yes there are quite simple rules as with joining in any large institution or organisation. The HU4K Regional Coordinator will provide you with everything you need to know before your start and will be in touch with you quite regularly. You will be required to abide by the HU4K Code of Conduct which includes the need for confidentiality.

Are there forms I need to sign before I start or when I am at my HU4K school?

Yes there are quite simple forms. The HU4K Volunteer Coordinator will guide you through these and help you all the way....it’s quite straight-forward tho!
You question not answered above. Still got questions?
Please call Jan the Regional Coordinator and discuss any concerns over a steaming cuppa!

How can our business get involved in HANDS UP 4 KIDS?

There are two immediate opportunities:
i) Sponsorship: annual/regular or once-off sponsorship will

  • Enable HU4K to reach more young children, assisting them to read to succeed;
  • Enable recruitment of more volunteers – at least 10 volunteers are needed per school;
  • Enable the engagement of more HU4K Partner Primary Schools
ii) Corporate Giving Program: encouraging employees to give one hour a week at a Partner Primary School, electing one of the following models:
  • Your business adopting a HU4K school, providing 1, 2 or a team of volunteers
  • One or more staff regularly attending their (or your) preferred or local school
  • Several staff on a roster basis at your nominated HU4K School

 

Will there still be networking opportunities for corporate volunteers ?

Yes. Networking exchanges will be arranged especially to suit HU4K corporate volunteers.

Will corporate volunteers still need a Working With Children Card?

Yes. This is compulsory. You may nominate to reimburse or subsidise employee costs which are minimal where a volunteer registers with HU4K. Many employees ma already hold a WWC Card and the advantage to the employee is that this lasts for 3 years and will apply to all situations where the employee is working with children.

How will this benefit my employees?

Employees will be reinvigorated by this experience with young, needy children and will have satisfaction in knowing that they are helping several young people gain reading competency and self-confidence. They will be giving children a greater chance at succeeding at school and in every facet of their lives. Schools indicate that many of these children do not have an adult ro listen to them read nor no one who takes an interest in them as individuals.

How will this benefit my business?

You will be recognised amongst your peers and across the local business community as a business with a strong community support ethos and one which is helping to better prepare the future workforce for our region.

How do I know my employees are “suitable” to become HU4K volunteers?

The HU4K Coordinator will liaise with your staff members, conduct a brief interview with each candidate, ask them to provide 2 references (as is required of any HU4K volunteer) and help make WWCC arrangements and reach agreement with you and your employee about the best time commitment and regularity that suits your workplace and agree on a school.

Can our staff wear their Business clothes to the school?

They certainly can. In fact this will provide an excellent promotional opportunity for your business amongst school staff and others.

Wouldn’t it be more advantageous to place business volunteers in secondary schools instead of with young Primary School students - Years 1 to 5 ?

HU4K recognises there is a great need for literacy assistance across all school years, however, with the agreement of Primary School Principals, the decision is to focus on this early intervention program which will then have far reaching benefits across all ages. 25 of 37 primary schools in the Greater Bunbury area have reading scores below the national average and Principals tell us that there are children in every school who could benefit from reading support - so there’s a long way to go yet!

What if some of our employees would prefer to become involved in other aspects of HU4K?

There is certainly a need for a range of expertise to help expand HU4K to include more young children succeed at school. This might be admin assistance, book keeping, publicity and promotion, public speaking, helping with fund raising ideas and/or projects, web, facebook and other IT functions, even helping with letter box drops. Please discuss your suggestions with our HU4K Coordinator – all help gratefully accepted!

Is the HU4K Coordinator prepared to come and outline the opportunity to become a HU4K reading support volunteer to our staff at a morning or afternoon break?

She certainly is. This way she can outline all the alternative ways your employees and your business can become involved in this dynamic, practical corporate giving program

What do I do next if I want to explore this further?

Contact the HANDS UP 4 KIDS Regional Coordinator Jan to make a time to talk.

Term Dates

Semester 1 2018

Semester 2 2018

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