The Pyjama Foundation is urgently seeking more volunteer “Pyjama Angels” like Dural resident Janice Smith* to support children in Foster care.
Over the past 5 years, Ms Smith has worked with 13 year old Jack* to help for an hour a week to help improve his learning.
The Pyjama Foundation has a learning-based mentoring program where Pyjama Angels visit a child for one hour a week to read books, play educational games and work on their numeracy skills.
In addition, Pyjama Angels are a positive role model in children’s lives. Ms Smith said the experience has challenging days, yet is extremely rewarding to be making a difference in these children’s lives.
“Seeing his face light up during reading and learning has been one of my fondest memories” Ms Peak said.
“It is very rewarding to help the next generation in many different ways. Simply talking about small problems and basic chit chat has made the world of difference to Jack’s* confidence and communication skills”
There are currently over 30 Foster children in the Hills to Hawkesbury area waiting to be placed with a their own special Pyjama Angel.
The Pyjama Foundation’s National Volunteer Manager, Natasha Hodson believes by making a connection with these children early, and helping their learning, it could enhance their life outcomes. “Some of our children have been waiting for up to a year for Pyjama Angels, so we are really eager to place new Pyjama Angels with kids in the Blacktown area.”
The Pyjama Foundation’s next training day will be on 5th May 2018.
Volunteer now at www.thepyjamafoundation.com, or email NSW volunteer Coordinator Megan Guenther at [email protected]
*Names have been changed for privacy reasons