Espresso Martinis and Impact
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  | 

Looking to Corporates-SPAN Volunteer Tutor Program


Monday, 23rd June 2003 at 1:06 pm
Staff Reporter
Cobbling together project funds is not new for many small and enthusiastic Not for Profits around Australia. But for one community co-op in Melbourne's north, help from the corporate world may be the only way of staying afloat!

Monday, 23rd June 2003
at 1:06 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Looking to Corporates-SPAN Volunteer Tutor Program
Monday, 23rd June 2003 at 1:06 pm

Cobbling together project funds is not new for many small and enthusiastic Not for Profits around Australia. But for one community co-op in Melbourne’s north, which runs a program to teach English to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, help from the corporate world may be the only way of staying afloat!

SPAN Community House in the Melbourne suburb of Thornbury runs a Volunteer Tutor Program with over 60 trained volunteers teaching English as a second language (ESL).

Learners come from diverse backgrounds including Arabic, Farsi, Somali, and European. Many learners are refugees, including people on Temporary Protection Visas.

Manager Justin Chubb says SPAN has developed the Program using a ‘community development’ model which has created an exciting buzz that is spreading way beyond their local community.

Volunteers come from all over Melbourne and all kinds of professional backgrounds. SPAN focuses on the needs of volunteers through accredited training, support, resourcing and creating a professional environment.

Chubb says SPAN cobbled together odd bits of project funding to support co-ordination of the program, but have basically funded it by using leftovers from its operational funds.

He says the RACV Foundation provided $5000, the BB Hutchings Bequest through Perpetual Trustees provided another $10,000, and the Darebin Council’s Community Grants donated another $2000.

Chubb says keeping the program going is the next big challenge. With a background in marketing, he believes the program has developed the kind of profile and membership to attract corporate partnerships.

He says SPAN has lots of interest from the media, and the network is growing all the time.

He says that Federal or State funding, apart from being difficult to secure, would bureaucratise a program that has thrived due to its flexibility and participant-driven nature.

He says all learners are welcome, provided they are not eligible for the 510 hours of federally funded English learning which migrants can access upon arrival. This ensures the program doesn’t duplicate government work and that efforts go where they are most needed.

Toni Ladanyi, a volunteer working to co-ordinate the program says SPAN has over 100 learners accessing the program, and inquiries continue.

Apart from the many refugees learning in the program, many learners are women who have been isolated at home for over 15 years.

Ladanyi says their tutors work from SPAN’s community house, from other organisations, from libraries, and in people’s homes.

The project has also partnered with RMIT’s Refugee Project to help recruit volunteer tutors.

Justin Chubb says that as little as $40,000 per annum would keep this unique program operating and growing.

SPAN began in 1978, growing out of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence Family Centre – an experimental service which pioneered the developmental approach to community development. Today SPAN is an independent organisation spreading across the Darebin Council and beyond.

To find out more about what SPAN does go to www.spanhouse.org. Or call 03 9480 1364 or email justin@spanhouse.org.




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Tags : Funding,

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Funding at the Edge

Laura Reed

Tuesday, 15th October 2019 at 8:27 am

Why agility is the key for NDIS’ shifting goal posts

Contributor

Tuesday, 17th September 2019 at 7:15 am

Innovative uses of philanthropic funds to tackle complex social problems

Libby Ward-Christie

Monday, 19th August 2019 at 4:29 pm

Australia’s largest Indigenous organisation forced to shut up shop

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 29th July 2019 at 5:30 pm

POPULAR

Australia is bracing for a tsunami of homeless women

Jan Berriman

Thursday, 10th October 2019 at 7:30 am

NDIS struggling to accommodate people with psychosocial disability

Luke Michael

Monday, 7th October 2019 at 3:48 pm

White Ribbon closes down amid financial turmoil

Luke Michael

Thursday, 3rd October 2019 at 5:10 pm

Espresso Martinis and Impact
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!