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
Yes you can, However HU4K usually places you in the U4K school in your on your neighbourhood or community
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
No you do not. You just need to like children and be able to read.
No training is required. HU4K volunteers work under the supervision and at the direction of the Literacy Specialist or assigned teacher.
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
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.
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
HU4K provides tips for helping young students read and our reading Volunteers report these are working well.
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.
You report this to the Class Teacher or leave a message in the HU4K Record Book
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
You send him/her straight back to the classroom where the Class Teacher will deal with this. You then proceed with your next child.
Yes. It is compulsory for everyone working with children to have a current WWC, (even teachers)
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.
Yes, you do.
Yes, but you will be placed in a class where you help other children, not your own.
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.
No, you determine the length of time you wish to be involved and of course you’ll be welcome
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?
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.
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.
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!
There are two immediate opportunities:
i) Sponsorship: annual/regular or once-off sponsorship will
Yes. Networking exchanges will be arranged especially to suit HU4K corporate volunteers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They certainly can. In fact this will provide an excellent promotional opportunity for your business amongst school staff and others.
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!
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!
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
Contact the HANDS UP 4 KIDS Regional Coordinator Jan to make a time to talk.