The VoRTCS Program (pronounced ‘vortex’) assists refugee families to take up the educational, vocational and social opportunities that exist in Australian society. Each week, VoRTCS volunteer teams visit families from refugee backgrounds in their homes to provide community support and enhance English language skills. We believe that refugees have a lot to contribute to Australian society and should be assisted and encouraged to reach their full potential.

The program is driven by volunteers and administered by one staff member. It is a Special Works of the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, which provides generous assistance to our volunteers and the refugee families they work with. While VoRTCS is based at the Society’s Headquarters in South Brisbane, it operates over the greater Brisbane area.