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Barnardos Australia

Posted on 6 June 2021

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Barnardos Australia

Barnardos Australia received a $10,000 grant from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund in 2020 to fund the running of the Queanbeyan Homework Club following impacts associated with COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020.

CHIEF MINISTER’S CHARITABLE FUND 2020 GRANT – $10,000

Funding from Hands Across Canberra in 2020 supported the continued running of the Queanbeyan Homework Club following impacts associated with COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020.

Queanbeyan Homework Club supports predominantly Aboriginal students, and those who can benefit from extra support, in being engaged in education and schooling, as well as improving their social, emotional, and cultural wellbeing.

In 2021, the funding supported:

  • return to running from 4 of the 5 primary school locations in Queanbeyan, in order to support all students engaged in the program.
  • Resources to continue the effective and safe running of the program – including provision of a nutritious afternoon tea for students.
  • Engaging and training new casual staff to support the continued running of program sessions.
  • Capacity to improve systems following 2020, including improvement in approaches to learning activities and implementation of Aboriginal pedagogies in school sessions.
  • Capacity to implement improvements to session outlines surrounding student emotional and social wellbeing, such as the continued use of Yarning Circles to check-in.

Students have been thrilled to be back this year, and to be able to participate in exciting new group activities. This has included a letter writing program where students have linked up with pen pals in the Barnardos Yurungai Learning Centre in Sydney – students have really enjoyed these opportunities to build connections after the year that was 2020.

Students who were unable to attend office or online sessions got a lot out of the return, as did parents who expressed relief and gratitude that their children were able to return to Homework Club and the support it provides in 2021.