Sydney, Australia 


**This placement is open to females only

About the Placement

San Miguel Family Centre was founded by the De La Salle Brothers over 30yrs ago, to assist families who were on the fringes of society. Today, yourtown is the provider of San Miguel service.

San Miguel provides not just temporary accommodation for parents and children, but also counselling and guidance to help families tackle the issues creating homelessness. The service also plays a critical role in child protection and family unification.

"We know that when young parents secure sustainable housing and employment, their children's prospects improve dramatically."

Early intervention is critical to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, housing instability and welfare dependence. San Miguel has accommodation on site for 19 families, including a share house. Young families can be those where there are one or two parents, including pregnant women and single fathers. Click HERE to read more.

This incredible work is truly unique as many other welfare agencies struggle to cater for young families with such diverse needs. Tackling homelessness, child protection, health and development of children in one facility requires many layers of support and assistance.

Lasallian Volunteers are welcomed and form part of the Brothers' community at Castle Hill, living in community with De La Salle Brothers across 2 detached houses, volunteers will have their own quarters with ensuite. There is access by train and bus to Australia's biggest city centre. Responsibilities in community may involve gardening, cleaning, cooking and so on.

The Role of the Lasallian Volunteer

This placement is preferably for 2 young females who possess a driver's license.  As a Lasallian Volunteer, you will be immersed in the work of social welfare and child development. You will have the opportunity to support the enthusiastic and vibrant staff of yourtown in a variety of ways each day including assisting with early childhood programs and workshops with young mothers, while gaining firsthand practical experience in the field of social work and health.

  • Lasallian Volunteers at yourtown work alongside qualified staff in positions such Child & Family Workers; Child Development Workers and Community Development workers to support young people and community members participating in yourtown programs.
  • Supporting the delivery of group child development activities with small children; parent-child interactive activities; and workshops with young parents.
  • Preparing resources and setting up of rooms for child development activities with small children; parent-child interactive activities; and workshops with young parents

Challenges: Living in the Castle Hill Community and learning to live with others you have never met before, becoming a professional staff member when some clients are the same age as you and keeping a professional boundary from young clients, responsibilities of sharing a car and accountability for driving 35mins each day to and from North Richmond, .hearingfirst hand confronting stories of trauma and abuse, Living semi independently without the supervision of parents and budgetingand domestic responsibilities.

Rewards: Making a positive impact in the lives of those of the most vulnerable in our community, living in a vibrant Brothers community, ,becoming part of an animating force in the greater Sydney network of Young Lasallians, with the ability to join vibrant parish youth groups,.  growing in independence and developing lifelong professional skills and friendships,  living in Sydney, access to a community car and being supported pastorally and spiritually by the Brothers

Preferred Qualifications and interests: Drivers license Solid Literacy and numeracy skills, previous volunteering experience in the community or part time work. An interest in social work and caring for young children, child development and health.

To submit your interest apply here: Lasallian Volunteers Applications 2020





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