Ardoch delivers education support programs to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes for vulnerable children.
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Ardoch’s history – 30 years of impact.
Ardoch’s Annual and Financial Reports.
The team at Ardoch work tirelessly every day to drive our mission forward and support more children in disadvantaged communities.
The philanthropic, corporate and community partners who support our programs.
Ardoch delivers educational programs to children in disadvantaged communities. Our programs promote literacy and STEM learnings and enhance student aspirations by broadening their horizons.
Ardoch’s Literacy Support provides early intervention programs to improve the literacy and language skills of children in their crucial early and primary school years.
STEM Support provides a suite of programs to foster children’s STEM skills in fun, engaging and relevant ways.
Ardoch’s Broadening Horizons programs provide a range of unique and engaging learning and life experiences.
Ardoch uses an outcomes framework that is common to all of our programs to measure the impact of our work.
Ardoch School Costs Guide.
We measure our program outcomes using a range of methodologies and conduct internal and external evaluations to assess the impact of our programs.
Ardoch partners with schools that are identified as needing educational support.
Published external research and evaluation reports.
Volunteers are central to Ardoch’s work. We offer opportunities to volunteer individually or as part of a workplace.
Over the year Ardoch offers different events that our supporters can attend or sponsor.
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Leaving a gift to Ardoch in your Will is an especially thoughtful and valued form of support.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of its supporters to help every child realise their potential. We offer several different ways to fundraise for Ardoch.
If you become a regular donor, your monthly donation will provide important, ongoing funding that will help every child realise their potential.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of philanthropy, corporate partners and the community to deliver our programs.
The positive impact our programs are having for thousands of children each year comes down to the dedication and compassion of our volunteers. To put it simply, volunteers are integral to our program delivery, bringing immense value – and a whole lot of joy – into the classrooms.
Ardoch urgently needs more volunteers to support our partner schools in communities facing educational disadvantage. Enquire Now
Ardoch provides partner schools with trained volunteers to assist in a range of Ardoch programs, our volunteers not only provide valuable literacy and STEM support but are also positive role models for vulnerable children and young people.
Our volunteering program consists of Individual Volunteering and Workplace Volunteering. To learn more about Workplace Volunteering (including Literacy Buddies and Numeracy Buddies) through corporate partnerships, please see our Corporate Hub
Becoming an education volunteer is an incredibly rewarding experience, by working one-on-one or in small groups, your support helps students to further develop their literacy and numeracy skills and provides them with a friendly and positive adult role model to connect with.
Ardoch volunteers help deliver a range of programs depending on the needs of the school or early years centre. Click on the roles below to learn more about how you can get involved:
Volunteers can help pre-schoolers to be ready for their big step up into school. Our screened Education Volunteers trained in the Early Language and Literacy (ELL) program play an important role in early years centres supporting children’s school readiness, oral language and literacy development. Delivering play-based activities using Ardoch's ELL Resource Box, Ardoch volunteers are an exciting and welcome addition to the early learning space.
Early years volunteers also deliver Ardoch's Curious Young Minds (CYM) programs, which aims at developing children's understanding of their world by engaging them in STEM experiences. Volunteers are supplied with Ardoch's CYM Resource Box to build knowledge, skills and thinking in STEM to enhance language development.
Ardoch volunteers provide support under the direction of the early years educator.
Ardoch’s Education Volunteers provide valuable in-classroom support for children and young people, helping them to improve their confidence, engagement and interaction with their education. Volunteers are screened, trained, and then placed into primary and secondary school classrooms of our education partners. Classroom support may relate to literacy, STEM, or other classroom activities. By committing two hours at the same time each week for at least six months – working one-on-one with a student or a group of students who need extra support – Ardoch volunteers can have a positive impact on many children’s educational outcomes
Our Pathways programs rely on volunteers who can offer their time on an ad-hoc basis while sharing their knowledge and experience to help build aspiration and confidence in children and young people.
Volunteers can be involved in helping students practice interview techniques through Mock Interviews, share valuable information about their job in Speed Careers, or discuss careers and further study opportunities with students during a fine dining experience at one of our Learning Through Lunch sessions. To see upcoming dates and locations for these events, please see our volunteering calendar.
Ardoch is run with a small team of dedicated employees. To help us effectively deliver our programs, we have a committed team of Program Support Volunteers who can assist in screening letters, making calls, creating resources and other administrative support. Lending administrative skills and experience in the Ardoch office is another way of helping to ensure children and young people can have a positive experience with their education.
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To express your interest in volunteering and to learn more about the various roles, please fill in the enquiry form below. If you’re ready to apply, please fill in our online application form.
The benefits differ for everyone! Some of the key benefits are:
The training varies depending on the volunteer role. All volunteers need to do online training modules covering child safety and volunteering with Ardoch.
To be classroom-ready, our prospective Education Volunteers will also need to undertake two half-day training courses provided by Ardoch. These are delivered via Zoom.
Like the training, the screening requirements differ depending on the role you are applying for. All volunteers need to attain a Working with Children Check and almost all need to also complete a National Criminal History Check (which Ardoch facilitates via CrimCheck).
Some roles may also require an interview or reference checks to be completed too.
We ask that volunteers are patient, kind, inclusive and uphold Ardoch’s robust child safety standards.
We ask that our Education Volunteers commit two hours a week at the same time each week to the partner school they are matched to and commit for at least six months, to help provide stability for the students.
While experience in education certainly helps, we also have plenty of volunteers who don’t come from an education background and find they bring tremendous value to their roles.
For Education Volunteers, the primary role is to provide support within a classroom under the direction of the classroom teacher. You are not expected to teach. Ardoch’s training and professional development sessions will help to set you up for success.
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