Luminous Lantern Parade

The VoRTCS/Vinnies team participated in MDA’s LUMINOUS Lantern Parade at South Bank on Friday, 9 June 2017. Attended by over 15,000 people each year, the LUMINOUS Lantern Parade is Queensland’s largest event welcoming new Queenslanders, including refugees, international students, people seeking asylum and migrants.
The parade features colourful lanterns held by representatives from government, council, community groups and the broader Brisbane community in celebration of our State’s wonderful cultural diversity.
The VoRTCS/ Vinnies team were very proud to be a part of such a wonderful event and had a fantastic evening!
This year VoRTCS/ Vinnies carried the White Rabbit – which was a hit with the kids!

Tutor Social Evening

On Thursday, 11 May a number of our wonderful tutors joined Sandy and members of the VoRTCS Committee to celebrate Volunteer Week at Mu’ooz Eritrean restaurant in West End.
I can safely say that the food and company was wonderful!! Thank you Saba and her wonderful team for making sure we didn’t leave until we had eaten as much delicious food as we could. Here is a picture from the evening.

Australian Catholic University visit

Earlier this month VoRTCS was invited along to the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and presented to students in their Sociology of Poverty course. We were privileged to speak about the work our volunteers are doing in the community, share our experiences in assisting refugee families with English and Social skills as well as discussing the many factors and forms in which poverty appears (including language, education, material possessions, assimilation and culture, occupation, income, work rights, homelessness, disability, mental health, age, etc.).

The compassion shown by all the students and their lecturer was inspirational as well as their determination to help change the future for the better of all. Thank you for the honour and opportunity to meet so many amazing young change-makers and sharing ideas of how we can do better not only as individuals but also as a community and nation.

Congratulations Rachael – Young Philanthropist of the Year 2015

Our very own SUPERSTAR!

It has been a particularly exciting month and one full of emotion as we congratulate our Vice President, Rachael Taylor, who won Queensland Community Foundation’s Young Philanthropist of the Year Award for 2015.

Rachael has been vital to the growth and success of the VoRTCS program, joining as a volunteer tutor in 2008. Over the past 7 years, Rachael has led the way as our tutor trainer, training team leader, tutor mentor and our Committee Vice President. This is not to mention the long list of other organisations Rachael volunteers her time to as well!

We are very happy that Rachael’s fantastic contribution to the settling and supporting of hundreds of refugee families has been recognised and celebrated. Congratulations Rachael!

Introducing our 2015 VoRTCS Committee Members and Training team

New Committee Members – include Tina Kelsey, Zoe Wood and Rachel Langford.
They will be assisting with program communications as well as community and volunteer engagement.
 
Continuing Committee Members – Marion McMahon (Chairperson), Sally Stubbington (VP and Tutor Mentor), Lauren Barea (Secretary), Kathleen Ferrero (Treasurer), Peter Richards John Campbell and June Chandler (Vincentian Representatives)
 
New Trainers – include Tina Kelsey, Wei Shih and Madeline Wild
 
Continuing Trainers – Marion McMahon, Katherine Hanna, Mike Bartlett, Don McIvor, Rachel Langford, Kelly Lawson, Zoe Wood and Joanne Zhou
 
VoRTCS Staff – Bianca Nisbet (Program Coordinator)

Graduating Family

What an achievement!

The Rajendran Family has recently graduated from the VoRTCS program.

Throughout their time with VoRTCS they have had support with their language skills, speaking and writing and as a result, have become more confident in their abilities. They have been assisted with writing job applications, resumes and cover letters.

At times they have needed help making purchases or catching public transport and we can proudly say that the volunteers Jason, Lana, Matthew and later Alice and Kate, were all there to provide this vital support.

Some of the families’ most outstanding achievements include obtaining full time work, receiving an OP3 after graduating year 12, receiving various high school awards etc. The children have future ambitions to study Medicine at university, win more high school awards and to be more confident.

The family and the tutors have both strived to achieve these great results and we are very proud of all the effort they have put in.
Congratulations!!