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Mentor a child in Foster Care | 1 hour per week

Organisation : The Pyjama Foundation

Location : Brisbane, Melbourne, NSW Regional, QLD Regional, Sydney, VIC Regional

Time required : 1 hour per week

Duration of project : 12 months

Skill area : Community Services, Social & Support Work

Sector : Children, Youth & Young People

About the role

We are looking for volunteer mentors (i.e., Pyjama Angels) to support children in Foster Care across Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria. As a Pyjama Angel, you will visit a child in foster care for 1 hour each week, to help with learning, life-skills, and confidence. We work around the days and times you are available and look to match you accordingly. Location and any other preferences you may have are also taken into account. 

One on one time has a profound impact on a child and helps to support Foster Carers in your community. Over time, you will become a trusted mentor in your child’s life, being a constant source of encouragement. If you would like to help a foster child achieve their dreams, we would love to hear from you! 

Desired Attributes:
– Possess a love of learning and the ability to create a fun-filled environment
– Flexible, reliable, resilient, and non-judgmental
– Basic understanding of the English language, literacy and numeracy (e.g., counting, telling time, using money) 

Applicants must:
– Be at least 18 years of age;
– Hold a valid Working With Children Check or be willing to acquire one (we can help you obtain this, free of charge);
– Have your own transport or access to reliable public transport;
– Be able and willing to spend 1 hour most weeks (plus travel) with a child in care over a 12 month period; and
– Maintain confidentiality at all times. 

We support you with ongoing check ins throughout the course of your placement and provide access to any resources you may need to support your child. 

Following submission of an application, you will undertake a screening process to ascertain suitability to fulfill the role of a Pyjama Angel. The process involves a 45-minute online interview (this is a conversation where we can answer any questions you may have), 1 day of training, and reference checks following training. 

Can you spare an hour in your week? We’d love to hear from you. Please click “Apply Now” and complete an online application on our website, or contact us on (07) 3256 8802 with any questions you may have. 

About the organisation

Organisation name : The Pyjama Foundation

At The Pyjama Foundation, we provide children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills and confidence. Volunteers called ‘Pyjama Angels’ are recruited, screened, trained and then matched with a child in care and spend time with them for one hour per week, focusing on mentoring and learning-based activities. Pyjama Angels read books aloud with their child, play educational games and help instil a love of learning. The Pyjama Angel becomes a consistent, trusted mentor in the child's life and gives them a chance to reach their life potential, despite a fragile start. 

Our Head Office is based in Brisbane, however we operate throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and have dedicated Regional Coordinators in these areas. If you have any questions about what's involved in being a Pyjama Angel, please don't hesitate to reach out. We'd love to hear from you! 

Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

Position Description : Volunteer Position Description - PJA

Can you spare an hour in your week? We’d love to hear from you. Please click “Apply Now” and complete an online application on our website, or contact us on (07) 3256 8802 with any questions you may have. 


Please quote in application: Mentor a child in Foster Care | 1 hour per week via Pro Bono Australia.


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