VoRTCS Updates Regarding COVID19

18 March 2020

Dear tutors,

On this page you will find any updates that VoRTCS has regarding the constantly evolving situation surrounding COVID19 and our program operations.

Vinnies is focused on protecting the health and safety of our volunteers and tutoring families. 

In light of the current issues surrounding COVID-19, we would like to highlight the measures which we are taking to prioritise the well-being and safety of our volunteers and the families we support. 

In line with government advice regarding social distancing, VoRTCS will be shutting down all services and tutoring sessions until further notice, effective immediately.  

Please refer to the recent communication which was emailed to you. As mentioned, we would like to ask all teams to please contact their tutoring families as soon as possible to let them know that sessions will be placed on hold until further notice. Letters will also be posted to families to advise them of this and provide additional support options.  

To ensure that our tutoring families are still being supported during these uncertain and challenging times, teams can still provide assistance to their tutoring families remotely, through email and/or over the phone. Please set your phone number to private when contacting your tutoring family, instructions on how to do this are below.

How to Set Your Phone Number on Private (on Android and iOS Devices):

Android Device

  1. From the dashboard screen, tap Settings
  2. Tap on Account
  3. Then tap on Privacy
  4. Next, tap on Phone Numbers
  5. Select Private to set your phone number to private and tap OK

iOS Device

  1. From the dashboard screen, tap Settings
  2. Tap on Phone
  3. Tap on Show My Caller ID
  4. Then Toggle Off to set your number to private

VoRTCS is here for you and our tutoring families and if you would like to know more, please email info.vortcs@svdpqld.org.au,  continue to check our VoRTCS website or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoRTCS/ for updates.  

As this is a constantly evolving situation, we will be monitoring the situation closely surrounding COVID-19 and we will be advising you of any changes with regards to VoRTCS operations in the future. Vinnies would like to express our appreciation for your ongoing support and we wish you all the utmost health and safety during this time.  

Finalist – 2019 Multicultural Queensland Awards

On Friday 30th August, VoRTCS attended the Multicultural Queensland Awards 2019 at the Royal International Convention Centre. We were very honoured to be one of the 4 finalists in the Community category in recognition of our contribution in helping Queensland become a more vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community. We would like to thank and appreciate our 400+ volunteers for their amazing efforts in providing a ‘hand up’ to the refugee families that we support in Brisbane. You are all champions, working towards a harmonious multicultural Queensland where ‘we all belong’ – one tutoring session at a time!

Congratulations also to the other finalists, nominees and the well-deserving award recipients for their amazing efforts in making this world a better place. We felt very humbled to be amongst you all in celebrating Australia’s rich cultural diversity! Whilst we did not ‘win’, we already feel like winners every day with such a wonderful group of volunteers that make VoRTCS the vibrant and successful program that it is – well done! 👏